A struggle to pick six winners for the Manuaute St Beautification project left Ruapehu Youth Council no choice but to choose seven.

Youth liaison officer Samantha Arthur-Curtis said they were amazed at the standard of entries and really struggled with the selection.

“The standard was so good that we ended up with a tie for sixth place and now need to find another empty shop window for the display.

“The remaining four unsuccessful entries were unlucky to have missed out on selection so we are also looking at how we can get them displayed in other areas around Taumarunui.”

All seven entries have been awarded $400 to bring their display idea to “life.”

Construction starts on Friday October 21. Teams have five weeks to build their display with ‘tools down’ on Sunday 27 November.

The finished displays will be judged by a panel made up of the Youth Council, Mayor Don Cameron, the deputy mayor and the building owners.

Winners will be announced at the Taumarunui Christmas Parade on Saturday December 10.

The top seven entries and their themes were REAP with psychedelic 60s record store. The Historical Society with  Photographic studio, the Lanusi sisters, a stitch in time retro dressmakers. The Performing Arts Theatre with  costume shop, Kathryn Davis Victorian style curiosity shop, Taumarunui High School Aussie Touring Team with a vintage girl’s bedroom and Lois Mills & Co on the Wild West Frontier.