Downtown BG decorates for the holidays


As the holiday season comes upon us, Downtown Bowling Green is beyond elated to unveil the new seasonal décor.  

Betty Jean Anderson (left) and Mary Lou Riday volunteered Saturday, Nov. 11, to helps place greens and other decorations in the planters throughout downtown Bowling Green.

Through fundraising and generous donations of our community we have been able to replace all the arrangements for the commercial planters that line the downtown as well as purchase four new banners to tout the new Bowling Green distinction of “Best Home Town” 2017-2018 for our region from Ohio Magazine.

Norm Tolles who works at McKenzie’s Flower Basket was so eager to help create a beautiful selection with white birch poles, evergreen, ornaments and pinecones.  Tolles headed up a group of volunteers that pre-assembled some of the decorations and again instructed a group that installed the new arrangements.  In all 360’ of white birch was cut and bound, 500 pinecones and 500 ornaments wired and an immeasurable amount of evergreen will make for a beautiful seasonal setting in our downtown.  

Many thanks Rick and Carl’s Tree Farm, Lewallen Construction for their donations and for all the volunteers.  In all we accumulate almost 200 volunteer hours from start to finish, not just assembling but also removal of the summer foliage and installing the new arrangements.

The BG Central Business Special Improvement District dba Downtown Bowling Green reminds everyone to shop local during this holiday season.  Of every dollar spent at a locally owned and operated business 68 cents stays local through wages, taxes and reinvestment.  It’s easy to do this with the purchase of Downtown Dollars at our office, For Keeps, Farm Girls, Calico Sage & Thyme or on our website at