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RDP Partners with Instant Riverside for Annual Window Decorating Contest

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The most magical time of year and one of the busiest shopping seasons is upon us. Each year, RDP encourages downtown businesses to make the season festive and bright by hosting a window decorating contest. Participating downtown businesses vie for the title of ‘Best Decorated Window’ in this friendly competition.

RDP upped the ante last year by partnering with InstantRiverside.com, giving the contest a little more competitive edge.

InstantRiverside.com is proud to present a holiday documentary which will be broadcast on KVCR-TV, the PBS affiliate serving the Inland Empire. The program "InstantRiverside.com: The holiday season in downtown Riverside."

"We will feature nine businesses that are competing in the downtown window decorating contest," said managing editor Craig Fiegener.

"This is our second year partnering with the Riverside Downtown Partnership, and on InstantRiverside.com, people can watch videos on the windows, and cast votes for their favorites online," says Fiegener.

The online votes are combined with scores from judges who have seen the windows in person. The winner will be announced at the Festival of Lights Switch-On Ceremony on Friday November 26.

The show will be broadcast on Monday, November 22, at 7:30 p.m.; with an encore broadcast on November 24, at 10:00 p.m. KVCR-TV is broadcast over-the-air on digital channel 24.1; the station is also seen on all cable systems, and Dish Network and DirectTV on channel 24.

The nine participating contestants are:

• Antonious Pizza Café, 3737 Main St., Suite 105;

• Mission Galleria (Dealer #59)-Maria’s Antiques, 3700 Main St.

• Mission Galleria (Dealer #108) -Garden Gate Boutique, 3700 Main St.

• Mission Wine Gallery at Gallery of Flowers, 3660 Mission Inn Ave.

• Mrs. Tiggy Winkles, 3675 Main St.

• Magnolia’s, 3643 Main St. • Our Treasure Chest, 3567 Main St.

• Wendie Monrroy on Main, 3580 Main St.

• The Parrott, 3598 Main St. The windows were judged based on originality, attention to theme, quality of décor, use of window space and artistic merit.

Last year’s winners were: 1st Place – Mrs. Tiggy Winkles, 2nd Place – Maria’s Antiques and Viewers Choice was Delights & Invites.

While shopping in downtown Riverside this holiday, stop by these downtown businesses and take a look at the beautiful décor.

Lots of fun things are going on this holiday season during Festival of Lights, which will continue through Jan. 3, 2010 including free entertainment, carriage rides, specialty vendors, holiday food and an outdoor ice skating rink. In addition to the window decorating contest, RDP is doing a promotion through InstantRiverside.com where two family packs of four ice skating rink tickets will be given away each week through the end of Festival of Lights. Downtown Riverside has a host of antique and eclectic specialty stores, as well as a wide variety of restaurants to dine. Shops and restaurants are open late every weekend through the holidays, and parking is free on the weekends and during the week after 5 p.m.

Visit downtown Riverside this holiday season, where shopping is a unique experience!

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