Spencer Chamber, Spencer Together Announces Alternative For Flagfest

Fri 5-8-2020

(Spencer)-- The Spencer Chamber of Commerce and Spencer Together have announced they'll be holding a patriotic decorating contest in June. Becky Fear-Hatting, Program Director with the Spencer Chamber of Commerce, says they came up with the idea after the cancellation of this year's Flagfest celebration due to COVID-19...Fear-Hatting01 

"We are a flag city of Iowa and since we needed to cancel Flagfest because we need to keep social distancing going, we're trying to come up with ideas so we went with the patriotic theme because we have Memorial Day, Flag Day and the 4th of July coming up, and let's do a decorating contest. We have two different categories. We have residential, so we want to see everybody decorate your home, your landscaping, your yard, your house, kind of like you do for the holidays, you know, the other holidays. Decorate our homes. And then for the businesses we want to get them involved also so we have a category for them, too, so they can decorate all their business windows or their building, whichever they prefer."

Fear-Hatting says they'll be awarded Spencer Chamber dollars to 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in each division...Fear-Hatting02 

"The residential the 1st place will be $200; 2nd place is $100; 3rd place is $50, and all of those are in chamber dollars so we can spend them anywhere just about in Spencer. And then the business category we'll do the same thing with chamber dollars but we're doing 1st place is 500, 2nd place is 250 and 3rd place is 150."

Decorating needs to be done by June 9th...Fear-Hatting03 

"We will start to judge both the residential and the businesses. We have different judges going both ways and they get to judge on the 10th and 11th, June 10th and June 11th. We gave them two days to make sure they can get around and we will announce all of the winners on June 12th."

She says contestant addresses will be listed on the Spencer Chamber of Commerce Facebook page so residents can drive around and take a look.

Those who would like to enter the contest can register by calling the Spencer Chamber at (712) 262-5680 or by emailing You will need to include your name, address and phone number.