News From Terre Haute, Indiana

Local & Bistate

December 6, 2011

Holiday displays light up Deming Park

TERRE HAUTE — Last year’s top finishers in the city’s annual Christmas in the Park shelter decorating contest are back and showing they mean business again this year.

When Mayor Duke Bennett and Santa Claus threw the master switch to turn on all of the lights at 19 different decorated shelters in Deming Park, it was clear that the Boy Scout Troop 200 and the Girl Scouts of Central Indiana, two of the top finishers from last year, were trying hard to take top prizes in 2011.

The Boy Scout shelter honors “Classic Christmas Cartoons,” such as the Grinch who Stole Christmas, while the nearby Girl Scout shelter celebrates “A Gingerbread Christmas.” Both shelters include thousands of lights and several animated figures.

Three judges will have the task of naming the top shelters next Monday night.

The judges, Cindy Belt with Union Hospital, Jerry Schooley of The Station Floral and Hair Design Studio and Sue Loughlin of the Tribune-Star, took part in Monday night’s lighting ceremony in order to get an early glimpse of the 19 different shelters.

“This is, by far, the largest participation ever,” said Sally Whitehurst of First Financial Bank, who hosted the lighting ceremony. “The judges never have an easy job selecting their top favorites.”

All of the participating organizations receive a cash prize for decorating a shelter at the park.

Last year’s top prize of $2,000 was awarded to Boy Scout Troop 200. Terre Haute South Link Crew, which is also back with another strong entry this year, took $1,500 for second place while the Girl Scouts of Central Indiana captured third place and $1,000 in prize money.

This is the 25th year for Christmas in the Park, an event estimated to draw about 100,000 visitors to Deming Park each December.

As soon as the mayor and Santa Claus switched on the lights, exploding fireworks launched into the sky and, almost instantly, the park was filled with motorists driving slowly to get a look at the colorful and creative shelters.

“It just continues to grow,” Bennett said after switching on the lights. “We put a few more shelters in each year in the park and you get those decorated and it just becomes a little bit bigger…It’s just really a tradition and a family thing you do every holiday season.”

Sponsors of Christmas in the Park include First Financial Bank, Pepsi, the Terre Haute Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Tribune-Star and the Terre Haute Parks and Recreation Department.

Walmart is sponsoring the Santa photos in the small “Santa House” inside the park.

The lighted shelters will remain on display until Dec. 26.

Arthur Foulkes can be reached at (812) 231-4232 or arthur.foulkes@tribstar.com.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local & Bistate
Latest News
TribStar.com Poll
AP Video
Last Mass Lynching in U.S. Remains Unsolved Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Bodies of Malaysia Jet Victims Leave Ukraine Raw: Truck, Train Crash Leads to Fireball Disabled Veterans Memorial Nearing Completion Home-sharing Programs Help Seniors Ex-NYC Mayor: US Should Allow Flights to Israel Raw: MH17 Bodies Arrive in Netherlands Robot Parking Valet Creates Stress-free Travel Clinton: "AIDS-Free Generation Within Our Reach" Judge Ponders Overturning Colo. Gay Marriage Ban 98-Year-Old Woman Left in Parked Truck Fighting Rages Amid Mideast Truce Push Raw: Plane Lands on New York Highway Plane Crashes in Taiwan, Dozens Feared Dead Raw: Secretary of State Kerry in Israel Obama Signs Workforce Training Law Raw: Massive Explosion in Gaza City Raw: Typhoon Brings Heavy Wind, Rain to Taiwan Courts Conflicted Over Healthcare Law
NDN Video
LeBron James -- Dropped $2k On Cupcake Apology ... Proceeds To Benefit Charity Snoop Dogg Says He Smoked Weed at the White House Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Chris Pratt Interrupts Interview To French Braid Intern's Hair Shirtless Super Mario Balotelli Dances While Ironing - @TheBuzzeronFOX Whoa! Watch "Housewives" Star Do the Unthinkable LeBron apologizes to neighbors with cupcakes Justin Bieber In Calvin Klein Underwear Shoot Samsung Pre-Trolls The IPhone 6 With New Ad Jimmy Kimmel Introduces His Baby Girl Swim Daily, Nina Agdal in the Cook Islands Guilty Dog Apologizes to Baby for Stealing Her Toy Prince George Turns 1 and is Already a Trendsetter Train Collides With Semi Truck Carrying Lighter Fluid Kanye West Tells-All on Wedding in "GQ" Interview Tony Dungy Weighs in on Michael Sam Scarlett Johansson Set To Marry In August New Star Wars Episode XII X-Wing Revealed Obama: Putin must push separatists to aid MH17 probe Michigan inmates no longer allowed to wear orange due to 'OITNB'
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
  • -

     

    March 12, 2010

activity