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Central Point gets creative with 4th of July decoration competition

Central Point is calling an audible for this year's fourth of July Festivities.

"Traditionally for the past 30+ years we have had a huge festival and parade," said Central Point Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Stephanie Hendrickson. "14,000 people came last year and we couldn't just not do anything. So, I kind of threw around some ideas with some people on the board of directors and we came up with a decoration contest."

Businesses and homes compete in different categories, and rumor has it the competition is stiff.

"I heard from two different sources today that there is a great house on Alder Street, and then I heard from a couple other sources that they are waiting," said Hendrickson. "So, it is a surprise."

But what else would you expect in Central Point?

"I don't know if you know this but Central Point was voted Oregon's most patriotic city in 2020 by Insurify."

That explains why there have been nearly 50 signups so far, or maybe it is the prizes."

There is also a chalk art contest for the kids and everyone gets a prize.

The 4th of July will definitely be different this year, but make sure to look for the annual flyover by an F-15, and maybe this decoration contest will become part of the celebration for years to come.

"We would absolutely love to incorporate this in years to come," said Hendrickson.

Due to the coronavirus, Central Point will not have its annual 4th of July festival and parade, so the Chamber of Commerce had to think of a new way to get the community involved for America's birthday.