Lampposts light up main street in anticipation of the annual lamppost decorating competition. Photo by David Little.

The jury’s out and the votes are in for this season’s lamppost decorating contest.

The Cordova Chamber of Commerce announced three winners for the competition on Facebook just before the holidays. First place went to the Copper River Watershed Project, second was awarded to Ace Hardware Cordova, and third was given to Copper Valley Wireless.

Shae Bowman, the operations manager at the Copper River Watershed Project, said Wednesday that the win felt pretty great.

“We’ve been doing it for a long time so it was great to win one,” she said.

The Watershed Project’s design — which has been the same for the last few years — includes a wooden wreath with the phrase “Up river and down, salmon are common ground.”

The annual competition brings a lot of light to downtown Cordova during the dark winters, Bowman said.


“A lot of businesses participate, and it certainly makes Main Street more cheerful.” 

The Watershed Project congratulated the whole team on Facebook for its first-place finish, and also shouted out the folks at both Ace and Copper Valley Wireless.

According to the organization’s website, the Watershed Project aims to sustain and ensure a vibrant, healthy future for the Copper River waters. The organization works on fish habitat restoration, watershed education, invasive plant management, recycling, and more.

The lamppost is still decorated and viewable on Main Street, Bowman said, and part of the design — created by an intern last year — is on display at the office at 511 1st Street. 

For more information about upcoming town events and business resources, visit the Cordova Chamber of Commerce website at

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