And first place goes to Toole County Justice Court and their fantastic Grinch themed tree! After eight years of some tough competition, Toole County Justice Court finally has bragging rights after winning this year’s event with their “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” tree.

This year’s annual Toole County Christmas Tree Contest featured some fierce, and friendly, competition between eight county offices. The Clerk of Court, Clerk and Recorder, Treasurer, Justice/City Court, Extension Office, NETA, Toole County Road Department and the Toole County Sheriff’s Office all put their creativity and holiday spirit to work in decorating for his year’s theme, which was animated Christmas movies.

The theme was chosen by the Clerk of Court office, last year’s big winners, and everyone competing did a fantastic job of depicting holiday favorites with their trees. While everyone is trying to win, it is the Toole County Road Department they are all ultimately hoping to beat! The Road Dept. had bragging rights six out of the last seven years, losting in 2020 to the Clerk of Court’s Office.

While the Road Department’s “Polar Express” themed tree was a spectacular display, it wasn’t quite enough to edge out “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” display designed by Judge Rapkoch and the gals in Justice/City Court. They  now hold the traveling trophy and bragging rights for the next year. In addition, they are in charge of picking a theme and organizing next year’s contest.

One can only surmise how difficult it was for the judges to choose just one, as all the offices participating boasted some downright awesome trees. Everything from Frosty the Snowman, to the Nightmare Before Christmas and everything in between could be found. The holiday spirit was out in full force this season!

Congratulations to this year’s winners and a big thank you for doing a wonderful job and providing some festive competition to the other seven offices participating. Enjoy your trophy and bragging rights Justice/City Court!

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