Christmas tree decorating challenge back after break

Christmas spirit . . . Clutha Ministers Association committee member Jessica Hutton practises her decorative skills for the upcoming Christmas Tree Extravaganza in November. PHOTO: EVELYN THORN

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‘Tis the season to be jolly — almost.

This year the Clutha Ministers Association is back after a year’s hiatus due to Covid-19, and ready to continue the Christmas Tree Extravaganza.

Committee member Jessica Hutton said she was excited for the event to return and hoped the community could get right behind the spirit of Christmas with their 10th extravaganza.

‘‘It’s a great way to get into the Christmas spirit.’’

The association, which involves nearly all of Balclutha’s churches, supplies 45 trees each year for individuals and groups to decorate competitively at the Balclutha Presbyterian Church.

Decorating day is Tuesday, November 29, and judging is on November 30, and December 1 and 2. There is an open category, an under-13 category and a preschool category, and mayor’s choice.

This year Mrs Hutton said the winners and monetary prizes would be announced at the annual Santa Parade.

‘‘People are more than welcome to start planning in advance, getting their decorations made and preparing ideas for their best tree, and they can bring the decorations for the specific day of decorating,’’ she said.

‘‘It means a lot to us that we can bring back the extravaganza. We’re very excited for it to go ahead and we’re hoping for plenty of community support.’’

To enter the extravaganza or make an inquiry, email clutha.[email protected].