City council discusses holiday light contest

While not on the agenda for Monday night’s Red Bud City Council meeting, a proposed holiday lighting contest was one of the biggest topics of discussion.

City Administrative Assistant Pam Poetker noted that the Red Bud 150 committee had talked about starting a lighting contest, as they wanted to put an emphasis in getting people to decorate this holiday season as part of the 150 celebration. They wanted to see if the city would be interested in sponsoring the contest.

Poetker said that they wanted the city to possibly contribute $1,500 in prize money. She suggested that they offer up to that amount, with it based on participation.

She told the council that they have tourism money that they could possibly use to fund the contest, as long as they marketed the contest as a way to bring more visitors to Red Bud. Poetker suggested that the way to do that would be to have a list of participating homes so that people can go view them.

In addition, many people already come to Red Bud during the holiday season, so having a lighting contest and promoting it could draw in even more people.

For more from the Red Bud City Council meeting, please see this week’s print edition.