Chamber rewards businesses for 'Making Downtown Beautiful'

People from near and far took advantage of the fall photo opportunities in downtown Wakarusa this year. It was made possible by local Wakarusa businesses taking part in the annual lamp post decoration contest and local non-profits displaying their “Scarecrow with a Mission.” 
This is the fourth year for the Chamber lamp post contest. Each year an impartial judge is solicited from outside of the community to pick the top three. This year it was felt that five posts were worthy. 
Kelwood Designs and Cabinetry decorated a “War Memorial” post; Dr. Weldy’s Associates included a little red barn and yard full of animals; Cook’s Pizza highlighted all five senses; Waterford Street Medicine depicted the epitome of all things fall; and Wakarusa Elementary School’s “Growing Great Kids” theme had flower pots blooming with smiling faces. 
Five non-profits vied for the most monetary votes in the “Scarecrow with a Mission” contest — the Council on Aging, Family Christian Development Center (FCDC), the Yellow Creek Church of the Brethren youth group, WaNee Waves and Breast Cancer Awareness. Voting boxes were placed at Wakarusa’s Marathon station, Subway, Corner Café and Cook’s Pizza. The winner was FCDC, which will receive a $100 donation. 
The annual Christmas tree will take its stand in the middle of downtown Wakarusa the first week of December and the “Christmas Around the Tree” celebration will be 6:30 p.m. Dec. 6.  Everyone is invited to enjoy — for free — local choirs, cookies and cocoa, carriage rides and much more.