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Committee aims for safe family fun this holiday season

McELHATTAN — The Wayne Township Recreation Committee has made plans for the community to keep the holidays safe, while still being able to enjoy all of the decorations, lights, the smell of Christmas pine trees and more.

Jane White, committee member, said that the community can expect the annual house decorating contest, a tree decorating contest, plenty of Nature Park decorations and even an elf finding contest for the kids.

On Nov. 28, the committee will get together to decorate the large pine tree at the entrance of the township’s Nature Park with homemade snowflakes and lights.

Though the path itself won’t be decorated, there will be holiday decorations at the opening of the Nature Park and an elf finding contest throughout the path and trail.

White said that at the opening of the park there will be a place for the kids to write down how many elves they have found throughout the Nature Park.

Ages four through 12 can participate and whoever writes the number closest in the three age categories, four through six, seven through nine and 10 to 12, to how many elves are in the park wins a holiday stocking.

Every year, the township also does an annual house decorating contest. Any resident who is interested can just decorate their house for the holidays and after judging, first, second and third place winners will receive a gift card.

First place will receive a $100 gift card, second place will receive a $50 gift card and third place will receive a $25 gift card.

In addition, businesses, organizations and individuals can also participate in a tree decorating contest. Each person or group that is interested in participating, must get their own five foot tree. The township will provide the electricity and the tree stand for each tree.

The groups and individuals each get the chance to bring their tree to the nature park, decorate it and have it be lit for judging. Those who win first, second and third place for this contest will win trophies.

Judging for all of the contests are said to take place on Dec. 19, White said.

There will not be a holiday walk throughout the Nature Park trail this year due to the ongoing pandemic, but the public can expect Christmas in July to come to the Nature Park in 2021.

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