Crothersville will be illuminated next weekend.
The Light Up Crothersville decorating contest is Dec. 14, and homes and businesses in town may participate with lights and decorations.
Entries are due Monday by calling 812-390-8217 or sending a message via the Crothersville Community Park Facebook page. If you call and there is no answer, leave your name and address and say you want to enter Light Up Crothersville.
Crothersville Parks Board members will then go around town to take pictures of the participating homes and businesses and post them on the Facebook page.
There, the address will be listed, and people can message the Facebook page to vote for their favorite through midnight Dec. 14.
Votes also will be accepted until 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15 during the Cookies with Santa event at the Crothersville-Vernon Township Volunteer Fire Department, 200 Moore St.
Out-of-town judges will be out Dec. 14 to look at the decorations and choose the first-, second- and third-place prize winners, while the winner from the voting on Facebook will receive the people’s choice award.
As of Thursday morning, 10 entries had been submitted.
Also Dec. 15, the third annual lighted Christmas parade will start at 6 p.m. The route will go along Bard, Preston and Moore streets and end at the fire station.
Entries are preferred by Monday, but registration will be accepted starting at 5 p.m. Dec. 15 at Bard Street Park.
So far, there are 22 entries, which is up from eight last year.
Parks board member Teia Thomas said organization of the parade has been more of a group effort this year, leading to more involvement.
“I’ve just been messaging people and inviting people, and we’ve just encouraged people to help spread the cheer in Crothersville,” she said. “Our goal is to grow it every year.”
All entries must have some type of lights. Entries so far include police and fire vehicles, dump trucks and horses. The best entry winner from the recent lighted Christmas parade in Scottsburg also has registered.
“We’ve got quite a different variety of entries this year,” Thomas said.
After the parade, people are invited to the fire station to take pictures with Santa and pick up free cookies and cocoa from Mrs. Claus. The fire department will sell chili, peanut butter sandwiches and drinks as a fundraiser.
Subway will provide the cookies, and Chad Wilson’s enrichment class at the school is making centerpieces for the tables.
People also are encouraged to bring donations of toiletries and personal hygiene products, clothing, socks, hats and gloves to be given to Crothersville children through The Helping Hearts Holiday Tree initiative organized by town resident Tiffany Reynolds.
“Our goal is to be able to spread the Christmas cheer throughout Crothersville,” Thomas said of the upcoming activities. “We want to make it a special event for our town and for the kids and their families. We realize some people may not have anybody to have Christmas with. We just think that trying to bring the community together like that is a great thing for us.”
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To register for the Light Up Crothersville decorating contest or the third annual lighted Christmas parade, call 812-390-8217 or 812-498-8951 or send a message via the Crothersville Community Park Facebook page.
Entries for both are due by Monday, but parade registration also will be accepted at 5 p.m. Dec. 15.