Halloween/Fall Light Pole Decorating Contest

This contest is designed to help get everyone into the Pumpkin Fest Spirit while welcoming others to Aurora for the festival. Pre-Registration and Liability Waivers are required for all.

ENTRY FEE
● FREE

PRIZE CATEGORIES
Businesses/Groups
● People’s Choices Traveling Trophy
● Promoted by “The Celebrate Aurora Committee” via social media for marketing purposes & website.

Residential
● People’s Choice Award – Gift Certificate to Local Businesses
● Promoted by “The Celebrate Aurora Committee” via social media for marketing purposes & website.

VOTING & WINNER ANNOUNCEMENTS 

  • Decorated poles that are eligible will be posted via social media on Celebrate Aurora’s Facebook page on October 6th at 7 pm. Judging will begin at that time and end on October 9th at 3 pm.
  • Voting will take place via Facebook or in person at Aurora City Hall. 
  • Winners will be announced via Facebook and prizes can be picked at Aurora City Hall. 

DECORATING GUIDELINES 

  • Decorating shall begin October 1st, 2021, and must be removed by November 3rd, 2021 (contingent upon weather). 
  • All businesses are encouraged to market their products creatively!
  • Everyone is encouraged to think outside the box and promote the Pumpkin theme. 
  • Theme and decorations must be safe and fun; no graphic or violent depictions allowed 
  • Poles may NOT be modified in any way 
  • Attachment mechanism must not degrade the mechanical strength of the pole or leave permanent damage 
  • All signs on poles must remain visible at all times 
  • Decorations cannot exceed 8’ in height 
  • Do not place any valuable or cherished items on pole or in decorations 
  • Participants understand that items placed on pole are outside and may be subject to vandalism, weather, and other factors

RULES AND SAFETY COMPLIANCE GUIDELINES 

  • Everyone who is decorating MUST pre-register and complete a liability waiver.
  • Decorators must accept liability for any injury and/or damage caused by, or attributable to, the decorations placed and/or the placement of decorations. 
  • Pole locations will be assigned by Committee on First Come/First Serve basis. The applications will be submitted to City Hall or by e-mail with a date/time stamp. 
  • Decorating shall be located only on 3rd Avenue West and Main Street. No other poles shall be decorated. 
  • Any pole with decorations who have not pre-registered shall be subject to removal by City/Committee with no warning. 
  • The City and/or the Committee reserve the right to remove any decorations that become or are deemed a hazard, nuisance or in poor taste. 
  • Climbing of any utility pole is strictly forbidden 
  • Any/all wires attached to any utility pole should be considered to be energized by a source of electricity of sufficient strength as could cause serious bodily injuries up to and including death.
  • No decorations shall be attached to any wire on the pole. 
  • No ladders or stepstools greater than 4 feet tall are to be used to place decorations.
  • Decorations must not block the sidewalk or roadway. 
  • City of Aurora shall not be liable for any injury and/or damage caused by, or attributable to, the decorations placed and/or the placement of decorations. 
  • All decorations must be removed by the installer by November 3rd, 2021 
  • Judges’ decisions are final. 

Hosted by Celebrate Aurora 

CELEBRATE AURORA COMMITTEE WILL ANOUNCE POLE CONFIRMATIONS VIA E-MAIL OR PHONE BY SEPTEMBER 25th 

DECORATING BEGINS OCTOBER 1, 2021 WITH ALL ITEMS TO BE REMOVED BY NOVEMBER 3, 2021

THIS IS GREAT! HOW DO I REGISTER OR PARTICIPATE?

PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR COMPLETED APPLICATION AT AURORA CITY HALL OR E-MAIL BY SEPTEMBER 22nd

Download the ​Registration Packets here, otherwise the packets are also available at the City of Aurora, 16 W 2nd Avenue North, Aurora MN 55705. Return all forms to

City of Aurora
16 W 2nd Ave N
Aurora MN 55705
OR
Email to celebrateaurora@gmail.com