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Helping spruce up for tree-mendous time

Chamber seeks donations for 14th annual Festival of Trees Gala and Auction


The Saratoga/Platte Valley Chamber of Commerce invites you to come see the forest for the trees … and wreaths, baskets and more.

But first, the Chamber is requesting local individuals, organizations and businesses to donate holiday-themed items to the 14th annual Festival of Trees Gala and Auction to be held Friday, Dec. 10 at the Platte Valley Community Center.

Creatively decorated trees, wreaths, gift baskets, centerpieces, holiday décor or gifts donated will be on display and then auctioned. Proceeds of the evening benefit the Chamber and a local charity or not-for-profit organization.

Those wishing to donate a decorated tree, wreath, gift basket, centerpiece or other holiday décor is encouraged to join the fun. The Chamber will be taking entries until December 7. Items need to be delivered and ready to go by Thursday, Dec. 8 at 3 p.m.

The public can view the trees on Thursday, Dec. 8 from 3-5 p.m. and Friday, Dec. 9 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. while enjoying hot cider and cookies.

During the open viewing, a People’s Choice vote for the favorite tree or item is collected. Ballots will be counted and the donor of the favorite item will receive a $50 gift certificate during the gala later that evening.

Stacy Crimmins, Chamber Director, says “Families and groups of friends love to see the creative and unique trees. I am proud of the creativity and generosity shown at this event. Stopping in on Thursday or Friday has become a Christmas tradition in itself. The Festival often showcases the wonderful gift items that can be purchased right here in the Valley,” Crimmins added.

Entry forms are available by calling the Chamber at 326-8855.


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