Edgecomb’s Christmas tree-decorating contest part of Boothbay Festival of Lights

‘Peanuts’-inspired tree-decorating competition draws 13 entries
Posted:  Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 10:30am

It was a Christmas tree only a “Blockhead” could be proud of, but it was good enough to claim a prize in Edgecomb’s first Charlie Brown Christmas Tree Decorating Contest. The Coastal Dog won “Sorriest” Christmas tree  for its entry, “The Feliz Naughty Dog.”  The tree wasn’t the biggest or the one with the shiniest decorations or the biggest star. It was a simple tree with Christmas lights and few decorations, but its simplicity, like Charlie Brown’s tree, was worthy of recognition, according to the judges.

“Feliz Naughty Dog” was one of 13 entries in the competition held Dec. 8 outside the Edgecomb municipal building. The competitors included Edgecomb Eddy School students, local community groups, businesses and individuals. The competition was created by Edgecomb’s Economic Development Committee as an effort to join the Boothbay Festival of Lights.

The committee devised a Charlie Brown Christmas Tree Contest in hopes of lighting up Route 27 with Christmas and community spirit. The competition had five categories in which the judges, Edgecomb Postmaster Bruce Hartford,  local artist Ramone Hanley-Warren and Boothbay Register staff reporter William Pearson, awarded trophies for Most Unique, Most Sincere, Most Original, Best Use of Aluminum Foil, Sorriest Looking Tree and Best Overall.

Edgecomb Community Church won two categories, Most Unique and Best Overall. Other winners were Edgecomb Historical Society, Best Use of Aluminum Foil; Mrs. Casey’s pre-kindergarten class at Edgecomb Eddy School, Most Sincere; and Edgecomb Animal Friends, Most Original.

The Economic Development Committee also presented a sixth trophy. The Edgecomb Fire Department received one of the six Charlie Brown bobblehead dolls affixed to a block of wood. Selectman Mike Smith attached the bobbleheads to wood taken from the municipal building’s original 1794 structure in creating trophies for the winners.

Other participants included Mrs. Garey’s kindergarten and first grade classes, Mrs. Currier’s second and third grade classes, Mrs. Rose’s and Miss Crocker’s grade fourth and fifth grade classes, Cod Cove Inn, and resident Forrest Carver.

The committee also received financial and in-kind contributions from Cod Cove Inn, Woodsmith Carpentry, Mid Maine Restoration, the Brennan and Blevins families, H.T. Winters, AGA Correa, Scully’s Ledge Oyster and Lobster, The Coastal Dog, Downeast Medicinals, and Skip Cahill Tire.