Shelby Wins Tree Contest

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The Shelby School, a charter school in Tonto Village, took top honors in the second annual Main Street Christmas tree decorating competition.

Shelby bested nine other Rim country schools, each of which decorated one of the trees located in the vacant lot between Main Street Paint and Decorating and the Baptist church.

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The Shelby School tree, which took first place in the Main Street tree decorating competition, featured all natural decorations like spiced oranges and bird-seed balls.

Shelby students adorned their tree with all natural decorations, including spiced oranges and birdseed balls.

"Comments on the ballots submitted were that the voters really liked the ‘natural' approach to decorating," Main Street Project Manager Karen Greenspoon said. Ballots were available at Main Street merchants.

The trees were donated to the Main Street Program by Plant Fair Nursery in Star Valley.

Electric Light Parade winners

"Walkin' in the Light," the First Church of the Nazarene's entry, took Best of Show honors in the second annual Electric Light Parade, also part of the Main Street Christmas celebration.

Rim Country Sheet Metal Workers and Energy West tied for the grand prize.

First place in the Best Commercial competition went to Cousins Subs, with Phil White Ford and Wal-Mart Supercenter finishing second and third respectively.

Winners in the Non-Commercial competition were Rim Country Rotary, first; Town of Payson, second; and Rim Country Classic Auto Club, third.

Sam McConnell's antique tractor took top honors in the Individual category. McConnell is from Glendale.

Close to 60 vehicles were in the parade, 20 more than last year. An estimated 4,000 people watched the parade, which ended with the lighting of the town tree and caroling at Green Valley Park.

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