Julie Stratford of VantageOne Credit Union accepts the best decorated premises award for businesses with five-to-10 employees from the Armstrong Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce’s pre-IPE contest.

Julie Stratford of VantageOne Credit Union accepts the best decorated premises award for businesses with five-to-10 employees from the Armstrong Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce’s pre-IPE contest.

Contest colours community with IPE excitement

The Armstrong Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce encouraged local businesses to join the fun and decorate

In celebration of 100 Years of BC 4-H, the Armstrong Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce encouraged local businesses to join the fun and decorate their storefronts and windows as part of the preparation for the 115th Annual IPE.

A team of incognito judges completed their evaluation on Friday and the following businesses have been recognized.

Businesses 10+ employees:  1st – Shepherd’s Home Hardware (outdoor display);

Businesses Five-to-10 Employees:  1st – VantageOne Credit Union; 2nd – CIBC;

Businesses – Under Five employees: 1st – The Brown Derby Café; 2nd Sea Stars Kids Boutique;

Not-For-Profit: 1st Kindale Thrift Store; 2nd The Bargain Bin;

Window Display/Painting: 1st The Leaf & Bean; 2nd Armstrong Spallumcheen Museum and Art Gallery; 3rd Armstrong Spallumcheen Boys and Girls Club.

“Congratulations to the winners,” said chamber president Andrew Laird.

“And a big thank you to everyone who decorated their storefront or painted their windows. What a great welcome to visitors coming to our community for the fair.”

Businesses will have another opportunity to celebrate 100 Years of 4-H in B.C. on Saturday as many have registered a float or other entry in the annual IPE Parade, presented by the chamber.

The parade begins promptly at 10 a.m. and road closures will begin at 9:30.

A route map is available at aschamber.com or on Facebook/armstrong100.