December 18, 2018

Voting started for best campground Christmas display


Au GRES — Seventy-five trees have been erected and decorated in the Au Gres Riverfront Campground, and people have five different days during which they can vote for their favorite campsite Christmas displays.

Voting started Sunday, Dec. 3, and will also be held Dec. 8-10 and Dec. 15-16. Mayor Bill Borushko said volunteers will be on hand from 2:30-8:30 p.m. each day to assist voters.

“They will greet the people,” he said. “They will give them an envelope so they can vote for their favorite tree or trees. They’ll also get a list of all the donors who made this possible. It’s the same as last year — 1 cent equals one vote.”

Borushko said volunteer shifts are three hours and some may still need to be filled.

“5:30-8:30 p.m. is covered for all five days, he said. “We could use people from 2:30-5:30 p.m.”

Last year the Christmas in the Park celebration included one weekend for people to come to the park to vote, and during it refreshments were served. However, Borushko said this year the city changed its focus, directing it more toward the displays and trees, and spread the voting period out longer.

“We gambled with it last year ad we got caught with bad weather,” he said. “We decided this year to spread it out over more weekends and give people more of an opportunity to vote.”

“They can go through the park as many times as they wish,” Borushko said. “They can vote each time or they can make multiple trips and decide which trees they want to vote for.”

Since most campsites feature more than just a Christmas tree, Borushko said he would recommend checking out the park in the nighttime and daytime.

“They are totally different,” he said. “At night you see the lights, but in the day you actually see the decorations a little bit better. It’s worth taking a trip in the daylight. There are some pretty nice decorations out here.”

Christmas in the Park was established in 2016 to bring people to the city and its park at a time when it is usually quiet, Borushko said.

“I wanted more people to come into our city at a time when normally you’re not getting a lot of visitors,” he said. “I just thought we had a beautiful facility to use in the park and this would attract people to come and visit.”

Residents of Au Gres and the surrounding area were thrilled to see the park lit up for Christmas, Borushko said.

“I got stopped in all kinds of places by people coming up and saying they were so happy that was done,” he said. “You can’t ask for any more than that. It was overwhelmingly a positive response.”

The campground is located at 522 Park Drive in Au Gres.


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