Pleasants Area Chamber of Commerce launches ornament contest

Photos Provided Judy Perkins’ chubby snowman and Hilda Steen’s Star Lit Noel were the winners in 2016 in the Pleasants Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual contest for the Christmas ornament to represent Pleasants County and Tyler County on the Artistree Christmas tree in the governor’s mansion. Entries will be accepted until Nov. 10.

ST. MARYS — An annual contest to find the best Christmas Tree baubles to represent Pleasants and Tyler counties has been launched by the Pleasants Area Chamber of Commerce.

The chamber coincides its popular contest with the Artistree in the governor’s mansion in Charleston where residents of West Virginia are asked to make an ornament to hang on the Christmas tree in the governor’s mansion next to the Capitol complex.

“We are piggybacking on the artistree submissions,” said Jody Murphy, executive director of the Pleasants Area Chamber of Commerce. “We certainly want to have Pleasants County and Tyler County artists on display in Charleston. In fact, we want to send the state the official Pleasants County and Tyler County Christmas Tree ornaments. We want artists who can showcase the quality, talent and beauty of the area on an ornament.”

This is the fourth year the chamber has run the contest. Last year, marked the first time the contest was extended to Tyler County.

“We’ve had chamber members in Tyler County who want to be part of this,” Murphy said. “Expanding the contest to include Tyler County brings us — and the state — some additional ornaments highlighting various aspects of the region.”

Last year’s winners were Judy Perkins’ chubby snowman and Hilda Steen’s Star Lit Noel. The winners were two of almost two dozen hand-crafted ornaments created by local artisans and presented to state officials for the Artistree.

“We have a lot of really talented folks,” Murphy said.

The chamber’s ornament contest is open to all ages. To be considered entries must meet the following criteria:

* All ornaments must be handcrafted.

* Ornaments must be suitable for hanging on a tree. Consider size and weight in the design and include and fasteners or fixtures for hanging.

* Complete an entry form that includes your name and contact information. This includes biography of 200 words or less about yourself.

* A description of your ornament at 200 words or less, what it represents and why.

Entry forms can be found in on the Chamber’s website,

Submissions will be accepted through Nov. 10 at the Chamber office in St. Marys or the Sistersville City Building in downtown Sistersville. The chamber will assemble a panel of judges and select the ornament that best represents Pleasants and Tyler counties.

The chamber will ship all ornament submissions to state officials.

“We’ll also submit all other adult contest entries to the governor’s mansion to be placed on the tree,” Murphy said.

Artists who submit ornaments to the state contest will be invited to a celebration at the governor’s mansion in December.

“We have a lot of talented local artists and designers,” Murphy said. “This is an opportunity for them to showcase their talents.”

For more information, call the chamber at 304 684-9909 or email