Units, families, businesses can show their holiday spirit
Each year, Fort Leonard Wood’s “Cards to the Community” contest challenges participants to put their creativity and holiday-decorating skills to the test by building and painting oversized Christmas cards.
Registration is underway for this year’s contest and will remain open until Nov. 29.
“The Cards to the Community contest is basically a way that anyone — a family, a business or a military unit — can share a greeting with the Fort Leonard Wood community,” said Loralee Neubeck with the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Community Activities Office.
The contest is free and open to the public; however, participants will need to purchase all materials needed to build and decorate the cards themselves, as well as secure the card by anchoring it to the ground at Joint Services Park
“Participants will need to bring their cards to Joint Services Park and set them up themselves,” Neubeck said. “They will need to show up, and we’ll tell them where to place their cards.”
Entries will be displayed and judged during the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony Dec. 3, and remain on display at the park until Jan. 3.
“We have four ribbons we will present: first, second, third and Best in Show,” Neubeck said.
According to the contest rules:
— Each entry must use one 4-by-8-foot piece of plywood cut into two 4-by-4-foot panels that are hinged together.
— The back of all cards must be painted black and include the name of the organization, business, unit or family on the upper right-hand corner in exterior enamel paint.
— Officials recommend using a primer to ensure quality paint coverage and prevent warping. Cards will be displayed outdoors for four weeks, and cards must be able to stand up to the elements.
A complete list of general rules is available on the FMWR website at https://leonardwood.armymwr.com.