Kemp’s Bakery will give a cash prize to the most popular Christmas display at its Kilmore location from Kilmore Primary School, St Patrick’s Primary School and Broadford Primary School.

KEMP’S Bakery is in the Christmas spirit, inviting local schools to decorate shop windows at both its Kilmore and Wandong locations with a cash prize up for grabs.

The five schools that entered the competition were given free reign to create anything they would like on any medium, as long as it measured one metre by one metre and was mountable on the shop windows.

The winning entries, one at each location, will be decided by customers, who will be able to cast their vote by dropping their receipt for any purchase into a ballot box for each school.

Kilmore Primary School, St Patrick’s Primary School and Broadford Primary School have their displays up at the Kilmore location while Upper Plenty Primary School and Our Lady of the Way Catholic Primary School have theirs at the Wandong store.

Kemp’s Bakery manager Will Essex said the bakery wanted to do something community oriented to finish a challenging year on a good note.

“Because it’s been such a crappy year for everyone, we wanted to do something that’s a bit more community oriented to get everyone working together but competing for Christmas,” he said.

“I gave them very vague guidelines so that all of the entries will be different.”

Mr Essex said the schools were excited to take part.

“Upper Plenty Primary School was very excited to be included and the same with Broadford Primary School,” he said.

“We deliver bread to Broadford every day, it’s just a part of our area as well, we get a lot of customers come from Broadford.

“We didn’t go as far out as Seymour, but who knows next year? It’s going to be an annual thing.”

Mr Essex said the goal of the competition was to bring the community together and give the children a fun activity.