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Christmas decorations were installed Monday by crews from the McPherson Board of Public Utilities.
McPherson Main Street sponsors the annual Christmas decorations display, which is installed free of charge by BPU workers from Woodside to Skanke and about a block east and west from Main Street on Kansas Avenue.
There are 48 large wreaths in the decorations and 15 smaller wreaths.
The large wreaths were purchased in 2006, and the smaller wreaths have been gracing McPherson’s Main Street for more than two decades.
Each of the large wreaths retails for about $700 each.
Maintenance on the Christmas decorations is paid for through donations to a special Main Street Christmas decorations fund.
Ann Engel, Main Street executive director, said its the group’s long-term goal to have enough in the fund to add a Christmas tree in the Main Street Plaza to the holiday decorations.
Those wishing to donate to the fund can send donations to Main Street at PO Box 383, McPherson, KS 67460.
When the decorations are not in use, they are stored in warehouse space donated by Gary Reiman with Wendys.
Engel said Main Street can’t afford to pay for storage space for the decorations, and the donated space allows it to continue the annual tradition.