Sonoman Season

2008 Sonoman Season

Participation Form

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Please Return by October 30 to be Included in all Promotions

The Sonoman Season is a Sonoma Valley wide opportunity to join together to promote the Sonoma community and generate traffic and revenue to Sonoma businesses during the holiday season.

The Sonoman Season provides a way to showcase existing events and develop new ones, and to offer special retail promotions targeted to both residents and visitors under one banner and in a unified manner. The packaging of programs and events as a part of the overall Sonoman Season provides promotional and publicity advantages that individual companies may not be able to afford or create.

We welcome your participation in this 3rd Annual Sonoman Season!

Sonoman Season Holiday Participation Fee: $35, Nonprofit Rate: Free

Send your check for $35 payable to Sonoman Season, PO Box 427, Vineburg, CA 95487

The Sonoman Season Participation Fee includes: listing information about your business, holiday promotion or event in the print brochure, on the Sonoman Season website and in media news releases. Your business will be entered into the Sonoman Decorations Contest unless you indicate otherwise.

To inquire about participation in the Sonoman Season or for more information, contact:

or fax forms to:
(707) 939-2780

or mail to:
PO Box 427
Vineburg, CA 95487

Meta Strauss, Etre Sonoma
(707) 939-2700

2008 Sonoman Season Contest and
Judging information

All businesses in Sonoma Valley are welcome to participate in the Sonoman Season decorations contest. The judging will take place Nov. 29 through Dec. 5, with the winners announced in the Dec. 11 issue of The Sun and online at

The categories include:

Best Store Window (Overall window design)

Best Outdoor Snowscape (Use of “snow”/sonoman concept outdoors)

Best Sonoman Theme (Best interpretation of "Sonoman")

Most Earth-Friendly (Sustainable materials/Best use of nature)

Most Original Concept (Anything goes)

Best Historical/Retro (History or period design)

Additional Awards will be given for:

The People's Choice

The one to beat is last year's People's Choice winner, "Carrot Top," the El Pueblo Inn entry, a six-foot-tall "Sonoman" crafted by the Inn's owner Wendy Stewart. The imposing figure was topped off by an eye-catching Mohawk of bright orange carrots!

Judge’s Choice

A special award or awards for outstanding ideas not included in above categories.

The Sonoman Season Judging Committee includes:

Lia Transue, Executive Director, Sonoma Valley Museum of Art
Francie Skaats, Owner/Interior Designer, H. Frank
Peter Berkley, Graphic Designer, owner Belle Creative
Rafe Tomsett, Aviation Photographer
Bonnie Gemmell, Co-owner, addwater2
Marion Clifford, Graphic Designer, Impakt Design