ELKTON — Two Elkton occasions hope to mild up the night time and unfold some much-needed vacation cheer this season.
Lions Parks and Rec member Agnes Kosinski mentioned the vacations are vital in Elkton, however particularly this 12 months given the challenges 2020 has dealt.
“Christmas is a giant factor in Elkton,” Kosinski mentioned. “Everybody wants a lift proper now, some positivity. It’s going to be troublesome for teenagers, and hopefully this 12 months we will deliver again the magic of Christmas and carry some spirits.”
In line with Kosinski, the group had hoped to host some small occasions for kids in the neighborhood, however the current spike in coronavirus circumstances has pressured a change of plans.
“We had been doing one thing particular for the youngsters, however with what’s going on, we now have canceled,” she mentioned.
Nevertheless, the Elkton Neighborhood Christmas Committee, with the assist of space companies and group members, is internet hosting its annual home adorning and enterprise adorning contests.
Kosinski mentioned in most years roughly 10-15 households enter the home adorning contest, however she is hoping for a bigger turnout contemplating the 12 months’s challenges.
“Hopefully extra will become involved due to COVID,” she mentioned. “We want extra cheer and to carry some spirits. It’d brighten up downtown a bit.”
For the home adorning contest, village residents will compete for 3 prizes — $200, $150 and $100, that are awarded to the very best three entries.
Within the enterprise competitors, Kosinski mentioned entries aren’t judged on the dimensions of the show however the high quality, which could be a window, doorway or entranceway or all the facade.
“It isn’t judged on how massive the show is however how artistic it’s and the way a lot vacation cheer,” she mentioned.
Profitable companies additionally will likely be awarded money with first place receiving $100, $75 to second, and $50 to 3rd.
Kosinski mentioned the Christmas committee must be self-supported, and aside from sponsorship reminiscent of this 12 months’s from Frankenmuth Credit score Union, the group raises cash by fundraisers.
This 12 months the group hosted its Countdown to Chrismas raffle, which has held a drawing each Friday since June 5, the place folks gained $50. On Saturday, Dec. 5, the group will likely be holding its grand prize Christmas drawing the place $1,000, $750 and $500 will likely be awarded to a few fortunate winners.
“Proceeds from that raffle pay for the Christmas issues we do,” Kosinski mentioned.
Regardless of the cancelation of a few of the Christmas occasions for teenagers, Kosinski mentioned there’s a mailbox in entrance of the Youth Middle for kids to drop off their letters to Santa.
I’m actually bummed out as a result of we had been looking for a option to work by COVID,” Kosinski mentioned. “On the finish of the day, if you happen to can’t discover a option to provide yourself with protection secure or the folks working round you.”
“By nonetheless doing what we’re doing, we hope we will spark some vacation cheer,” she continued.
To enter the sunshine contests name the village corridor at 989-375-2270.