New Event Replaces First Night State College with Holiday Decorating Contest and More

Mallory Stover

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Everybody knows that 2020 wasn’t the best year ever but there were many ways to enjoy it. State Colleges art fest got canceled so they decided to make a Christmas light display incorporating the buildings downtown and if you live there you could participate for only $10 for a single house or $20 for a group of houses. Winners will be announced on Dec. 18. Rick Byrant, executive director for the Central PA festival of arts quoted the organization’s board decided in September to approach the New Year’s Eve festivities from a different angle, making use of their various assets to support artists and spread holiday cheer throughout the month of December. A panel of judges will take the next week to visit each property before awarding prizes in two categories: traditional and contemporary decorations. The December to remember includes fun activities like streamed performances, online artists, market place featuring 240 artists from around the country. There will also be a home decorating contest.“I’ve never met a person who doesn’t enjoy looking at someone else’s holiday decorations, from the very tasteful candles in the window with a drift of white lights, to someone who has thousands of those blow-up things in their yard,” Bryant said with a laugh. “People like putting them up and sharing them and people like driving around and looking at them — and it’s something you can do socially distanced. You’re in your car with the heater on, driving around. It’s a way the whole county can participate in the contest is open to all residents. Single-family homes, apartment decorations must be visible from the street or sidewalk the deadline is Friday. In addition to winners, runners up and honorable mentions, prizes will be awarded for Best Use of Color, Best Use of Technology, Best Use of Traditional Materials, and Overall Wow Factor.