Sixteen Decades Of Christmas Store Front Display Contest Winners Announced!


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Christmas is not only in the air this holiday season but it’s in the sights!

Main Street Beatrice is host to the seventh annual Downtown Store Front display contest this holiday season. The 2017 theme, “Sixteen Decades of Christmas,” provided inspiration for many of the downtown merchants and was also incorporated into events led by the Beatrice Public Library and Beatrice Chamber of Commerce.

This year, a near record number of businesses ‘Staked Their Claim’ and captured the holiday spirit by adding a little Christmas Spirt, lights, and sounds to their store fronts. Those displays were recently viewed and judged by the Main Street Beatrice Design Committee. “It’s thrilling to see so many downtown businesses get into the Christmas Spirit and really work to light up our downtown and our community” said Paul Whaley, a member of the Main Street Beatrice Design Committee. A total of 18 official businesses participated this year with many others decorating for the season.

The top honors this year went to:

  • Best Representation of Theme – Sherwin Williams
  • Most Creative/Original – The City of Beatrice
  • Best Use of Product/Service – Clabaugh Pharmacy & Gifts
  • Best New Entry – Quilt Stitches
  • Best Use of Lights – Fletcher’s Decorating
  • The Spirit of Giving Award – Mother to Mother Ministry/Burwood Books

Outside of the awards given out by the Main Street Beatrice’s Design Committee the public has the opportunity to vote in the People’s Choice Award until December 18th. The People’s Choice Award is arguably one of the most sought after awards as part of the annual Main Street Store Front Display Contest and we welcome the public to get out and vote for their favorite display before the December 18th deadline. The 2016 People’s Choice winners included: 1st – The Bargain Box, 2nd – The Black Crow Restaurant & Bar, 3rd – KABO Bar.

Main Street Beatrice wishes to again congratulate the winners with high regard to all those who participated in the contest and took that extra effort to showcase the Holiday and Christmas season. The 18 official locations include: Bagby Travel, The Bargain Box, The Black Crow Restaurant & Bar, Browns Shoe Fit, City of Beatrice/BPW, Clabaugh Pharmacy & Gifts, Fistful of Daisies, Fletcher’s Decorating, Gem’s & Junk, Home Instead Senior Care, Mother to Mother /Burwood Books, Quilt Stitches, Salvation Army, Sherwin Williams, Sisters Emporium, Traubel’s Popcorn Stand, Wild Meadows Antiques, and Yesterday’s Lady. With a special recognition to the dozens of downtown locations that helped add to the Christmas spirit this holiday season! The 2016 Main Street Design Committee award winners included: Best Representation of Theme – The Black Crow Restaurant & Bar, Most Creative/Original – KABO Bar, Best Use of Product/Service – Brown’s Shoe Fit Co., Best New Entry – The City of Beatrice & BPW Offices.

Before the season is over, Stake Your Claim and head downtown to see the stores displays and appreciate the creativity and hard work of all the participating merchants. Take a stroll and be sure to vote for your favorite store front display. While you are strolling along you may find that perfect gift and enjoy the entertainment and dining opportunities downtown has to offer.

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Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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