By SHELLEY TERRY - firstname.lastname@example.org
O Christmas tree! Thou tree most fair and lovely! Oh Christmas, O Christmas tree! Thou tree most fair and lovely!
— "O Tannenbaum,”
a German song
Businesses are getting into the holiday spirit as the Ashtabula Downtown Development Association prepares to hold its annual Christmas Tree Contest Nov. 16 in Lance Cpl. Kevin M. Cornelius Memorial Park.
The contest is part of the excitement that will kick off the season downtown, highlighted the city’s annual Christmas parade.
“We’ve checked out the lighting in the park and we’re going to have the contest,” said Lynda Annick, president of the ADDA, noting there were some electric glitches last year, but they have been fixed.
This is the third year for the tree decoration contest. Country Club Retirement Center won the top prize last year with 341 votes. The tree had ornaments with Christmas memories written on them from the residents, their families and staff.
In addition to the trees in Cornelius Park, anyone who would like to decorate a tree outside their business or in their storefront, the ADDA encourages you to do so.
Carolers will be strolling through the park to add to the ambiance, Annick said.
The parade, which last year boasted 65 entries, starts at 7 p.m. and will feature veterans, a police motorcycle, cheerleaders, the Lakeside High School Marching Band, holiday floats, fire trucks, beauty queens, holiday lights and, of course, Santa Claus.
Anyone interested in participating in the tree contest, should contact Marty Cephas, vice president of the ADDA, at Huntington Bank.