Downtown Window Decorating Contest to Celebrate Old West Balloon Fest | Local

The Old West Balloon Fest Committee, Scotts Bluff Area Visitors Bureau and Gering Visitors Bureau announce the fourth annual “Downtown Window Decorating” contest to commemorate Old West Balloon Fest 2022.

August 2022 will be the last year that Scotts Bluff County hosts the U.S. National Hot Air Balloon Championships and tourism officials would like to rally businesses around this county-wide window decorating contest to welcome pilots from across the country.

Participation in the competition is completely free; with a general theme of hot air balloons and ballooning. Simply choose your favorite hot air balloon design and customize your storefront as a tribute to your business and the 2022 Old West Balloon Fest events.

There will be three judging categories: Best Hot Air Balloon Theme, Best Host Community Theme (representing the host cities of Gering, Scottsbluff, Mitchell, Morrill or Terrytown) and Best Creative Presentation. Windows can be decorated anytime between now and the start of Old West Balloon Fest 2022.

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All companies participating in the window decoration competition are requested to:

— Register their participation (and make sure you have a complete list for judging) by emailing: [email protected] with your company name and business address

– Have your window decorations finished by Monday evening August 1st. The jury committee will review and judge the showcases on Tuesday, August 2.

Winners will be notified; and the contest results were announced to the media on Monday, August 8 on the first day of Old West Balloon Fest 2022.

Ribbons will be awarded to winners in all three categories.

The Gering Merchants Association, the Scottsbluff Downtown Business District and the Mitchell and Morrill Business Districts are invited to lead the way with their members to encourage participation in the window decorating contest to welcome pilots, crews, visitors and hot air balloon enthusiasts visiting our communities. 8-13 for Old West Balloon Fest 2022.

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