The 10th annual Booneville City Hall Christmas tree lighting ceremony will be held Friday night, Dec. 6 at 6 p.m.

The tree decorating contest for which various clubs, organizations and even elementary school classes has grown to the point that there will be 40 trees judged this year according to Judy Thompson of the Booneville Garden Club, the organization which conducts the annual contest.

Last year there were 36 trees decorated for the judges. The inaugural contest in 2004 consisted of only 13 trees.

Trees, which are typically decorated with a theme, were placed around City Hall last Tuesday to give participants time to decorate over the holiday weekend as well as this week, Thompson said.

The trees were ordered through CVs and are Douglas firs from Sublimity, Ore.

Because the contest has grown so much, this year the trees were placed not only around the Booneville Municipal Complex, but some were also placed across the walking track inside Veteran’s Park, located directly behind complex.

Last year’s winner was Rockin’ Robins, with CVs placing second and the Booneville Animal Shelter third.

In addition to the lighting ceremony the 32nd annual Booneville Christmas Parade is also set for this weekend, getting under way at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7.

The parade has a theme of "An All American Christmas, which has drawn inquires as exactly what that means according to Booneville Development Corporation/South Logan County Chamber of Commerce executive director Stacey McCollough.

The answer McCollough said, is there really is no answer.

"The theme leaves it wide open," said McCollough. "How do you celebrate Christmas. No two people celebrate Christmas the same. For some Christmas is a nativity scene. For some its stockings and a fire place. For some it’s family.

"I don’t want 20 floats that are all the same."

Santa Claus will appear in the parade and will be available to hear wish lists at the Jeral Hampton Meeting Place following the parade.