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Trees for VFDs

16th annual Festival of Trees to benefit the chamber, local volunteer firefighters

 

November 28, 2018

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Scenes from last year's Festival of Trees Gala and Auction.

The Saratoga/Platte Valley Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the "Festival of Trees Gala and Auction" for its 16th year on Friday, Dec. 7 at the Platte Valley Community Center. Decorated trees and wreaths, gift baskets, centerpieces and other holiday decor and gifts are donated by individuals, organizations and businesses and then auctioned. Proceeds of the evening are to benefit the Chamber and local volunteer fire departments.

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Scenes from last year's Festival of Trees Gala and Auction.

Anyone wishing to donate a decorated tree, gift basket, centerpiece or other holiday decor is encouraged to join the fun. The Chamber will be taking entries until Dec. 5 and items need to be delivered, set up and ready to go by Thursday at 3 p.m. when the public is invited to see all the beautiful items. A People's Choice vote for the favorite tree or item is collected on Thursday and Friday. Ballots will be counted and the donor of the favorite item will receive a $50 Chamber Gift Certificate.

The public can view the trees on Thursday from 3-5 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. while enjoying hot cider and cookies. Chamber CEO 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."

Entry forms are available by calling the Chamber at 326-8855 or on their website, www.saratogachamber.info.

 

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