Chamber holding tree decorating contest

    A tree decorating contest is returning this year to get local businesses ready for the holidays. The St. James Chamber of Commerce invites Chamber business members to decorate a Christmas tree as part of the contest, with the winner receiving prizes.

    Businesses are encouraged to decorate a tree to match their business or this year’s Chamber Christmas parade theme of “Christmas Through the Eyes of a Child.” Once completed, businesses can take a picture of the tree and send it to the Chamber of Commerce at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
    “Trees need to be decorated by Saturday, November 30,” Chamber Director Robin Ziegler said. That deadline coincides with Shop Small Business Saturday, and the Chamber would like to see downtown decorated for the holidays as shoppers support the many local businesses of town.
    Voting will begin on November 30 and the Chamber will begin posting pictures of the entered trees on the St. James Chamber of Commerce Facebook page for voting.
    “Have your patrons visit our Facebook page and ‘Like’ your tree display picture. The display with the most “Likes’ by December 10 wins”, Ziegler said.
    Those who don’t use Facebook can come to the Tourist Information Center and Chamber office to cast their vote as well.
    “The winners will receive a cookie tray and two free tickets to the annual Chamber Awards dinner,” Ziegler said. “And, of course, bragging rights.”
    Entry forms can be found on the Chamber Facebook page or at for those planning on participating.
    The decorating contest was a big success last year and was a great way to bring in the holiday season in time for early Christmas shopping. For more information, contact the Chamber at 573-265-6649 to learn more.

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