In 2019, Destination Carlisle started window decorating contests to help build morale and community among downtown merchants and to help beautify our storefronts for our patrons and neighbors.
We gather participating businesses, choose a benefiting charity, provide voting jars and signage, create guides and all graphic design work, generate interest and social media promotion, and collect and count monies.
You decide who created our best downtown window display by using your spare change to vote in person or facebook likes to vote online. Each participating location is given a collection jar, where you can use coins and bills to vote for your favorite windows. Whoever receives the most money and likes wins!
All the money collected as votes gets split between a local charity chosen for that contest and Destination Carlisle's efforts to improve the downtown business district and amenities for our downtown guests and raise awareness for our lovely downtown.
You have three chances each year to see beautiful windows and help our causes. We hold contests in coordination with the Bunny Hop, Halloweekend, and the holiday season.
Georgie Lou's Retro Candy won the 2021 Spring Decorating Contest with 225 facebook likes for their Alice in Wonderland windows. The windows featured handpainted scenes done by Stephanie, Georgie Lou's owner, framing the Mad Hatter's tea party and the Red Queen's garden party. The painting took over 20 hours. Georgie Lou's is known for their elaborate windows.
Miss Ruth's Time Bomb won the 2020 Holiday Window Decorating contest with 478 facebook votes. Their monochromatic color scheme, featuring red for Christmas and blue for Hanukkah, were striking in person and online. The voting contest garnered thousands of online votes from the public, giving businesses a needed morale boost.
The 2020 Halloweekend Window Decorating Contest winner was Liberty Tax with their Nightmare Before Christmas windows. The windows featured life-size three-dimensional characters from the movie and were huge fan favorites. Because of COVID, we had no in-person voting. Liberty Tax won our facebook likes contest with 140 votes.
Molly Pitcher Brewing Company won our 2019 Holiday Window Decorating Contest by raising $169 for their windows from their patrons. Their windows featured dozens of dove cut-outs and intricately painted windows. With their help, the Carlisle Kiwanis Club received a check for $275 from the proceeds of our contest for their Warm-the Children program.
The 2019 Halloweekend Window Decorating Contest winner was Yak N Yeti II for their spooky silhouetted cut outs of the Himalayan Mountains, a yak, and a yeti. They raised $104 for their windows. Combined with our Farm-to-Table dinner proceeds, we were able to award $1000 to The Salvation Army of Carlisle for their Stuart House Project.