It’s all Tenterfield Star window dressing

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Kim Hill volunteers her expertise to help retailers incorporate the fall theme into their storefronts and win them over for cash prizes.

It’s autumn already, believe it, and the Fall Festival Organizing Committee is encouraging retail outlets to take advantage of the season and thematically decorate their windows.

The fall colors of Tenterfield are one of the biggest tourist attractions. While a stroll down Rouse Street may not quite match the thrill of the colored pin oaks of Robert Brush Drive, it is hoped that combining that fall vibe with retail therapy will tempt visitors to part with their money, not just for the festival , but throughout the festival in the coming months.

Help is provided by the former window dresser and tree changer Kim Hill, who offers her services free of charge.

Ms. Hill was a visual merchandiser for Grace Brothers, a large retailer that became Myers for 12 years, before moving to event management.

The published author has retired to Tenterfield, where her grandparents lived and her father grew up. In her spare time, she took over the renovation of a 120-year-old house, but shares her expertise.

“I like to help with things like this festival and other local events,” she said, “for anyone who wants help and doesn’t know what to do.”

The committee is funding 10 fall wreaths created by Magnolia Florist to serve as a starting point for the first 10 businesses in.

For those who want to do it on their own, Ms. Hill recommends keeping it simple, sticking to the fall colors and keeping the windows clean.

The Fall Festival Committee members have been busy decorating the empty Celebrations Bottle Shop window over the weekend and have their sights set on more empty stores.

The Fall Festival Committee members have been busy decorating the empty Celebrations Bottle Shop window over the weekend and have their sights set on more empty stores.

She feels that the art of window dressing has gone out of style, but it’s making a comeback. She urges local retailers to think about the appeal of window shopping. She fondly remembers the family who bought ice cream and then went to the retail store to see what was in the windows.

In addition to the benefits for their own company, attendees who are now covering their windows can apply for some generous cash prizes thanks to sponsorship from the Fall Festival organizers, Tenterfield Community College and the Primary Health Network. There is $ 1000 for the first prize, $ 300 for the second, and $ 100 for the third prize. The final assessment will take place in mid-autumn.

Although the main theme is fall colors, entries can advertise any major event in Tenterfield, be it the Fall Festival itself or the Oracles of the Bush or the Tenterfield Show Society’s campdraft, Ms. Hill said.

“Whatever is close to your heart.”

Ms. Hill hopes enough businesses get involved to hold a celebration of the season in the city’s business district.

To this end, the owners of empty shops are encouraged to contact committee members who will be happy to take on the task of decorating the empty windows.

For more information, email enquiry@tenterfieldautumnfestival.com.au or call Kim Rhodes on 0448 673 373.




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