With bright twinkling lights calling attention to a Christmas message to a giant mascot waiving at passing traffic, several Fort Morgan area businesses and organizations are carrying on a holiday tradition in downtown Fort Morgan this month.
Train cut-outs decorated as part of the community’s Christmas Capital of the Plains celebration were recently installed by Fort Morgan Parks Department crew members in City Park.
The holiday contest participants display their creative talents in hopes of being selected as having the best decorated train car. If chosen, the winning entrant will get to select an area non-profit organization to receive a monetary donation in its name. Last year’s winner, Elevated Home Inspections, presented a check to the Disabled Veterans Association.
The annual train contest is sponsored by the Fort Morgan Area Chamber of Commerce and Bloedorn Lumber in Fort Morgan. The Fort Morgan High School FFA Chapter also contributes to the event by cutting out the train forms.
“This is such a family fun activity that everyone can get involved with,” notes Sandy Schneider-Engle, executive Director of the Fort Morgan Area Chamber of Commerce. “We are encouraging everyone to see the creativity displayed by area merchants and community groups, to get some fresh air, and then cast a vote for his or her favorite selection.”
Paper ballots are available at the Fort Morgan Chamber office, 300 Main Street, or on the Chamber’s Facebook page. The deadline to vote is December 24. However, trains will be on display through the beginning of January for people to enjoy.
This year’s participants include: Cover4 Theatre, Wolf Waste, Morgan Federal Bank, Morgan Community College, Equitable Savings & Loan Association, Coates Realty Group, The Art Spot, Allo Communications, Northern Colorado Title Company, Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), Elevated Home Inspections, B106 Radio, Morgan County Tourism, FMS Bank, Goetz Insurance, Amy Grantham/State Farm Insurance, Media Logic Radio, Trinity Lutheran Little Lambs Preschool, Morgan County Family Center, Salud Family Health Center, Miller’s Landscaping, Morgan County Motors, Spotts Bros.Furnace Co., Bloedorn Lumber, Colorado Plains Medical Center, Valley View Villa, and McDonald’s.
For more information about the train decorating contest or other upcoming community happenings, contact the Fort Morgan Chamber of Commerce at 970-867-6702.