Wonder ‘Fall’ decorating contest returns to Charles City

Public can vote for favorite storefront display on Facebook


CHARLES CITY – Autumn is here, with a crispness in the air, colorful changes in the trees and harvest time heralding the new season. It also marks the return of the “Wonder‘Fall” business decorating contest put on by the Design Committee of Community Revitalization. Charles City businesses were encouraged to dress up their storefronts with a Fall or Halloween theme as a fun way to draw attention to their shops, as well as to give residents and visitors alike something fun to go around town and check out.
Free to take part in, the decorating contest will be voted on by the public through Facebook at “Chuck Town: Charles City, Iowa” by going to the event page and clicking on “like” for your favorite storefront display. Paper voting slips will also be available at each of the participating stores.
Taking part in this year’s contest are the following businesses (with theme names): Chautauqua Guest Home at 602 11th St. (“Golden Days of Fall”); Cedar Valley Iowa Realty & Auction at 1206 Gilbert St. (“Happy Fall y’all!”); Synergy Physical Therapy at 318 North Main (“Fall? We Can Help!”); First Security Bank & Trust at 809 Clark St. (“Magical Moon Chant”); The Furniture Barn at 101 9th St. (“Happy Harvest”); Hy-Vee Food Store at 901 Kelly St. (“It’s Pumpkin Fall”); The Rustic Corner at 413 North Main (“Shreds of Fall by Candlelight”); Otto’s Oasis at 1313 Gilbert St. (“Autumn Visage”); and Zoetis at 2000 Rockford Rd. (“Boo Zoo”).
“Not only does this provide a little seasonal fun, it is a great reminder for our businesses on how important curb appeal and changing up their window displays from time to time is,” said Community Development Director Mark Wicks. “No matter the business, if you never change up the look in front of your store to get people’s attention, they tend to stop noticing you when they go by.”
Wonder‘Fall’ voting will take place from Oct. 2nd to Oct. 27th, with the winner announced on Halloween and receiving bragging rights with the champion window cling. For more information, please contact the Community Development Office, 401 North Main St., at (641) 228-2335 or info@charlescitychamber.com.