Christmas ornament contest announced

This Christmas, counties around the Commonwealth will be represented by ornaments that adorn the tree displayed in the Executive Mansion in Richmond.

And the ornament you design could be the one to represent Pulaski County.

The contest, sponsored statewide by the Virginia Association of Counties, is open to college-aged individuals, churches, businesses, organizations, clubs and groups in each county.

The tree at the Executive Mansion will be on view to the public throughout the holiday season and will be seen by thousands of visitors to the mansion.

According to Carol Smith, speaking for the local committee organizing the contest in Pulaski County, hand-crafted ornaments submitted for the contest will be judged and the winning entry sent to Richmond to represent Pulaski County.

“All the other entries will be used to decorate the tree in the lobby of the County Administration Building during the holidays,” Smith said.

The deadline to enter the contest is Monday, Oct. 16 at noon. Smith said those entering the contest can submit more than one ornament.  Entries should be brought to the Pulaski County Library.

Guidelines for Holiday Ornament

  1. Each participating group/individual may have more than one submission. Only one from all submissions will go to Richmond. All other submissions will go on the tree in the county admin building.
  2. The theme of the ornament is Pulaski County is… This may include some unique feature that is specific to the county, such as an historical place, a noted person, a natural feature, an animal or plant from our area. You decide and then have fun creating.
  3. Examples of materials that can be used for creating the ornament include: clay, glass, shells, fabric, wood, found objects, and objects from nature.
  4. Size of the ornament should be no larger than 6”. Shape and material is totally up to the group/individual.
  5. Please use the entry form when submitting the ornament.
  6. The group/individual should be located, meet or reside within the county.
  7. Ornaments must be from groups or individuals college age and above.
  8. No purchased ornaments. The only exception might be a holiday ball with a hand-painted scene of something in the county.
  9. No battery-operated ornaments or heavy ornaments that could break tree branches when hung.
  10. Deadline for submitting the ornament/s is Monday, October 16th at noon. They can be brought to the Pulaski Library to Carol Smith.

Judging will take place by the committee the following week and the winner will be contacted by October 25th. The winning ornament will be shipped to Richmond. All other submissions will be placed on a tree at the county administration building during the holiday season.

For more information or questions, please contact Carol Smith at 540-994-2453 or

Committee Members: Mickey Balconi, Mary Catherine Stout, Rhonda Whitehurst, Gayle Kiser and Carol Smith.