-Messenger photo by Emilie Nelson-Jenson
Great Western Bank Employees Brittany Ganeff, left and Sue Crimmins work on creating a Valentine’s Day display in one of the planters that are on display outside of the main entrance to the Central Avenue branch. Great Western was selected as the holiday winner for best planter for its Christmas display.
Great Western Bank has been named the best display in the downtown planter project for the holiday/winter season.
The planter initiative, sponsored by the Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District, places flowering plants and foliage in metal planters positioned on the sidewalks in front of businesses.
The Great Western planter featured a Christmas theme of miniature pine trees adorned with bright, colorful ribbons and ornaments to match the strings of Christmas light bulbs painted on the building's front windows.
Great Western Bank has participated in the planter project since it began last summer. It has also had a display of spring/summer flowers and a fall arrangement of pumpkins and scarecrows.
"It's been fun to be involved," said Sue Crimmins, of Great Western Bank. "We have enjoyed it and the planters have been a great addition to downtown."
Crimmins said it has been interesting to see the various planters throughout the city as they change for the seasons and holidays.
"Sometimes you think you've come up with a really creative idea but then you see a lot of the same ideas around town and the themes really fit together," she said.
Planters are still available to businesses within the city of Fort Dodge for the upcoming year.
To reserve a planter for this year, a business representative can complete a form and submit it to Stephanie Houk Sheetz, senior planner with Fort Dodge's Business Affairs and Community Growth Department. Forms are available online at www.fortdodgeiowa.org under the Departments menu bar for Business Affairs and Community Growth, where there is a Web page for SSMID; or by calling 576-8191 to request a form by email.