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Winners of downtown window decorating contest announced

Club Soda (Courtesy photo)

The Downtown Improvement District has announced the results of its fifth annual Downtown Holiday Window Decorating Contest.

Designed to encourage downtown businesses and organizations to join in the holiday cheer, this year’s theme was “Home for the Holidays,” and 44 businesses and organizations participated.

Winners included:

Most Thematic:

1st Place – Club Soda

2nd Place – Stoner’s Fun Store

3rd Place – Third World Fair Trade Shoppe

Most Fort Wayne:

1st Place – Fairfield Group Realtors

2nd Place – BND Commercial

3rd Place – Lake City Bank

Best at Night:

1st Place – Markey Bonding

2nd Place – Aptera

3rd Place – Peerless Cleaners

People’s Choice:

1st Place – Carson, LLP

2nd Place – First Presbyterian Church

3rd Place – Aptera

“Holiday cheer is alive and well in Downtown Fort Wayne,” DID President Michael Galbraith said in a statement. “Thanks to our partnership with Fort Wayne Newspapers, we are able to share these amazing window displays. No matter your age, these window displays echo the treasured memories of Fort Wayne’s Downtown Christmas past, emphasize the vibrancy of Fort Wayne’s Holiday present and are inspiring a new generation to build future Holiday memories and traditions of their own.”

Holiday window decorating is a tradition that had largely disappeared from Downtown for decades after the losses of stores such as Wolf and Dessauer, Murphy’s and others. The DID also recognized the Embassy Theatre for keeping this tradition alive over the years.

Though the voting for the Downtown Holiday Window Decorating Contest is over you can still walk through Downtown to view these windows. For more information on holiday activities all season long visit: www.HolidayFestDowntown.com

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