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Curb-A-Peel and Window Display Contests

Monday, September 14, 2020 8:00AM - Saturday, September 19, 2020 10:00PM

Due to COVID-19, all 2020 Events & Contests have been postponed until 2021. Mark your calendars to join us for the 70th Annual Murphysboro Apple Festival September 15-18, 2021.

Homes & businesses both have the opportunity to show their Apple Festival spirit with one of our decorating contests. Participants decorate displays to to reflect the year's theme.

Be sure to take time during the Apple Festival to visit participating homes and businesses to admire their hard work! Names and addresses of participants will be listed below.

Curb-A-Peel Contest

This themed outdoor decorating contest is for both homes and businesses who want to move beyond the window and decorate outdoors. No display is too big or too small! Winners are awarded in two categories: Business & Residential. And of course, the contest is completely free.

Murphysboro homes and businesses with completely OUTDOOR displays or displays with both INDOOR & OUTDOOR elements.

Window Display Contest

Over the years, we've seen some very creative and beautiful window displays. Do you think you can make your window memorable? The Window Display Contest is only open to businesses with indoor displays without no outside decorations. Contest is free to enter.

Murphysboro businesses with indoor-only displays

2019 Curb-a-Peel Winners & Participants

  1. St Joseph Memorial Hospital
    2 South Hospital Drive
  2. Mary Strothman
    1401A Roberta Drive
  3. Tammy's Tiny Tots
    500 Lucier Street
  • Rachel Fager
    1809 Walnut Street
  • Laura Morthland
    2004 Spruce Street
  • Silkworm
    102 South Sezmore Drive

2019 Window Display Winners & Partipicants

  1. Walmart
    6495 Country Club Road
  2. First Mid Bank & Trust
    1709 Walnut Street
  3. S.I. Sports Resale
    601 Walnut Street
  4. Think Vintage!
    1338 Walnut Street
  5. Ozburn Insurance
    1331 Walnut Street
  6. Kilby's BBQ
    1801 Walnut Street
  7. Jackson County Housing
    300 North 7th Street
  8. Sallie Logan Public Library
    1808 Walnut Street
  • The Bank of Carbondale-Murphysboro Banking Center
    900 Walnut Street
  • Brews Brothers Taproom
    1105 Chestnut Street
  • D&D Hemp Store
    1337 Walnut Street
  • First Southern Bank
    109 Walnut Street
  • H&R Block
    330 North 9th Street
  • Jackson County Housing
    33 North 13th Street
  • Love of Family & Home
    1335 Walnut Street
  • Mansfield Law Office
    1340 Walnut Street
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2020 Theme: "mUrphysboRo STRONG"

WHERE: Murphysboro Business Storefronts & Homes


  • Curb-A-Peel: Tracy Hagston
  • Window Display: Marlene McGregor-Gibbs

Registration deadline is TBD

Judging: Time & Date TBD
Awards: Time, Date, & Place TBD

Information & Rules

  1. All decorating shall be done by the resident or owner - No professional decorators allowed
  2. Applicants are limited to one contest entry per site
  3. Individuals must enter the Curb-A-Peel contest if any outdoor decorations are to be judged
  4. Entries must be within 1 mile of city limits
  5. Decorations must remain intact throughout the week of Apple Festival (September 14-19, 2020)
  6. Curb-A-Peel judging will be done from the curb, judges will not enter property.
  7. Window Display Judging will be done from outside unless display is not completely visible through the window or owner requests judging be done from inside
  8. All media used in displays must be family-friendly
  9. Lighted displays can be judged at dusk. (Please make a note on the application if using lights)
  10. Applications deadline is TBA
  11. All decisions are final


Window Display Contest:

1st Place: Riseling Trophy, $100 prize, and a USA Flag (donated by Marlene McGregor Gibbs)
2nd Place: Trophy & $75 prize
3rd Place: Trophy & $25 prize
4th - 8th Places: Trophies
All Others: Participation Award

Curb-A-Peel Contest:

1st Place: Trophy, $100 prize, & Recognition Sign in front of display
2nd Place: Trophy & $75 prize
3rd Place: Trophy & $25 prize

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