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Pining for trees, more

Chamber seeks donated decor and holiday related items for 15th annual “Festival of Trees”


The Saratoga/Platte Valley Chamber of Commerce is pleased to host the 15th annual “Festival of Trees Gala and Auction” on Friday, December 8 at the Platte Valley Community Center.

Decorated trees and wreaths, gift baskets, centerpieces and other holiday décor and gifts are donated by individuals, organizations and businesses and then auctioned. Proceeds of the evening are to benefit the Chamber and a local charity or not-for-profit organization.

Anyone 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 Dec. 6. Items need to be delivered, set up and ready to go by 3 p.m. Dec. 7 when the public is invited to see all the beautiful items.

A People’s Choice vote for the favorite tree or item is collected Thursday, Dec. 7 and Friday, Dec.8. Ballots will then be counted with the donor of the favorite item receiving a $50 Chamber Gift Certificate.

The public can view the trees on Thursday from 3-5 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. while enjoying hot cider and cookies. Chamber director Stacy Crimmins said, “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 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 or on their website,


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