JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - County judges from across Region 8 joined together for a friendly competition while also spreading Christmas cheer.
County judges from Craighead, Poinsett, Jackson, Woodruff, Greene, Cross, and Crittenden counties met at the Crowley's Ridge Development Council in Jonesboro Monday morning to decorate Christmas trees.
Each judge, some with the help of their friends and family, brings their own decorations and the CRDC provides the tree.
The prize for the best tree is bragging rights.
After decorating the trees, the CRDC helps each judge arrange the delivery of the tree to a worthy family in their county.
Poinsett County Judge Bob Cantrell said the friendly competition brings many smiles, especially when delivering the decorations to the family.
"They really had a blessing out of it, and we did too just by being able to do it," Cantrell said. "And it's a lot of fun to do this, you know, win, lose, or draw, it's a lot of fun."
Tim Wooldridge, executive director at the CRDC, said this is an opportunity for county judges to give back to their communities beyond their regular duties.
While it's all in good fun, the CRDC does make it a competition.
Jackson County received first place for its cupcake tree. Poinsett County's snowman tree got second, and Woodruff County received third place with a tree dressed in silver ornaments.
The trees will be delivered to the deserving families later in the week.
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