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Window Display Contest

Monday, September 09, 2024 5:00PM - Saturday, September 14, 2024 11:00PM

Murphysboro businesses have the opportunity to show their Apple Festival spirit with our Window Display Contest. Participants decorate displays to reflect the year's theme.

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

Indoor Window Displays

Over the years, we've seen some very creative and beautiful window displays. Do you think you can make your window memorable? The Indoor Window Display Contest is only open to businesses with indoor displays without any outside decorations. The contest is free to enter.

Murphysboro businesses only with indoor-only window displays

1st Place:
Riseling Trophy, $100 prize, and an
American Flag donated by Marlene McGregor Gibbs
2nd Place: Trophy & $75 prize
3rd Place: Trophy & $25 prize

Window entries will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Theme (10 points): How well is the theme demonstrated?
  • Originality (10 points): How well are imagination, simplicity, and clarity demonstrated?
  • Balance (10 points): Does the window have a good overall balance to eliminate bulkiness, shallowness, and barren spots?
  • Eye Appeal (10 points): Is the window impressive and striking?
  • Color Combination (10 points): Does the window have a complementary or contrasting color scheme?
  • Workmanship (10 points): Is good workmanship evident and is the window made of attractive material?
  • Apples (10 points): Quality and best use of apples are demonstrated.
  • Animation (10 points): Is motion used to accentuate the design?
  • Sound (10 points): Does the sound add to the attractiveness of the window?
  • Extra Attractive Qualities (10 points): Does the display have humorous, unique, or educational qualities?

2023 Window Display Contest Winners

  1. First Mid Bank & Trust
    1709 Walnut Street
  2. Handmade Homestead
    1300 Walnut Street
  3. St. Joseph Memorial Hospital
    2 South Hospital Drive
  4. Walmart
    6495 Country Club Road
  5. Balloonology!
    1404 Walnut Street
  • Southern Illinois Sports Resale
    601 Walnut Street, Suite 100
  • The First Bank & Trust Co. of Murphysboro
    1403 Walnut Street
  • Muddy Roots Collective
    1339 Walnut Street
  • Think Vintage
    1338 Walnut Street
  • Jackson County Assessment Office
    900 Walnut Street
  • Brews Brothers Taproom
    1105 Chestnut Street
  • D&D Hemp Store
    1337 Walnut Street
  • Sallie Logan Public Library
    1808 Walnut Street
  • City of Murphysboro-Daum Building
    1101 Walnut Street
  • Murphysboro Abstract
    1021 Chestnut Street
  • White House Salon
    1330 Walnut Street


Displays - Mon, Sept 9 through Sat, Sept 14, 2024
Judging - Mon, Sept 9 beginning at 5pm
Awards - Announced at Opening Ceremony,
Wed, Sept 11 at 5:15pm

Displays - Murphysboro Business Storefronts
Awards - The Appletime Stage

EVENT CHAIR: Marlene McGregor-Gibbs

Register Online Here:
Window Display Contest


Overall Information & Rules

  1. All decorating shall be done by employees or the business owner - no professional decorators allowed
  2. Applicants are limited to one contest entry per address
  3. Entries must be within 1 mile of city limits
  4. Decorations must remain intact throughout the week of the Apple Festival (September 11-16, 2023)
  5. Judging will be done from outside unless the display is not completely visible through the window or the owner requests judging be done from inside (please mark on the application if requested!)
  6. All media used in displays must be family-friendly
  7. Lighted displays can be judged at dusk (please mark on the application if requested!)
  8. Participants agree to have their business name and address listed
  9. Participants agree to have photos of their displays used by the Murphysboro Apple Festival
  10. Registration deadline is September 8, 2023
  11. All decisions are final

For more information or questions regarding the Window Display Contest, please contact the Murphysboro Apple Festival Office.
Phone: 618.684.3200

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