Owens is encouraging downtown businesses to decorate, even contacting owners of vacant storefronts about getting them dressed up for the holidays.
A stash of city street light decorations from days gone by was found in the old Bickel Bicycle Shop building. Owens said that the building’s owner, Jerry Alexander, found the lights in good condition.
“For 60-plus years old, they are in amazing condition. We're going to clean them up and try to rehang them,” said Owens.
For the evening of the parade along Meridian Street, Owens noted, “I’d love to have it just completely lit up.”
Owens is sending letters out to businesses countywide to get them involved in the holiday decorating and parade. Parade entry is accomplished with an application and a $10 fee. The fee will go toward buying more Christmas decorations to build on the new tradition in years to come.
“My goal is to make downtown Anderson look like a winter wonderland when we’re done with it,” said Owens.
For more information or an application, contact Owens at 648-6057.
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