By Jim Krencik
Medina Journal-Register — MEDINA — The annual halloween decoration competition is underway, with the Medina Business Association set to award prizes later this month for the best residential and storefront displays.
The MBA will award a cash prize for the top window displays and a basket of donated items and downtown merchant’s products for the best porch decorations.
“It gets the downtown in the spirit of halloween,” said MBA President Cindy Robinson. “It’s a fun competition, I like to scope out what the other businesses have.”
From her tea shop, she’ll have a good view of ATB Staffing Services, which is looking to defend it’s downtown business district championship with decorations that will be unveiled next week.
“We’ve been thinking about it, but we don’t want to reveal too much,” said Jennifer Olick, an assistant recruiter, said. “We take pride in our window, it’s a team effort.”
While many businesses have participated in the event in recent years as it evolved from a scarecrow display to a more creative contest, competition judge Jenn Buondonno of the Bank of Castile said she’d like to see more residences apply. They can do so at the Bank of Castile and the English Rose Tea Shoppe.
“There’s so many great houses in the village, but not enough apply,” Buondonno said.
Judges will make their way through the downtown and the rest of the village on the week leading up the Oct. 26 Beggar’s Night event. Prizes will be awarded in advance of the free trick-or-treating, which will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Buondonno said she enjoys seeing the village filled with scarecrows, pumpkins, black cats and witches.
“I love fall and halloween,” Buondonno said. “You can see when people have really put work into it. We walk through at night because sometimes the lights are the whole effect.”