Festival of Trees event set to open Friday in Chester
CHESTER — “Cozy Country Christmas” is the theme for the third-annual Festival of Trees.
The three day event will have more than 40 craft vendors, a concession stand for food, a Chinese Auction with 100 items and an auction for decorated Christmas trees, door wreaths and other items like wooden rocking horses. There will be 26 trees in the auction, including a patriot, a Whoosville, a Cow and a Nutcracker themed tree.
“It’s an excellent fundraiser to the city and it’s a blast to decorate the trees and to have the community come together,” said Festival of Trees volunteer Pam Allison.
Susan Hineman heads up the group organizing the fundraiser.
The last two Festival of Trees raised money to buy the ornament decorations to put on the light posts along Carolina Avenue, which cost $6,800. The ornaments were put up earlier in the week by volunteers from the Chester Lions Club.
Hineman is unsure of what the money for this year’s event will be put toward, saying it will be determined by the amount the event raises. Hineman reported on average the event raises $6,000.
“It brings everyone together and it starts the holiday season,” said Hineman.
The event opens at 4 p.m. and closes at 7 p.m. on Friday. It will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Santa will be making an appearance on Friday and Saturday and he’ll be passing out children’s books provided by the Storybook Cafe.
There will be a performance by the Oak Glen Middle School choir at noon on Saturday and the auction held at 3 p.m. on Sunday.
The trees in the auction are decorated by businesses, clubs and community organizations and are donated for the cause. Bennie Parr of B.P Real Estate and Auctioning will be conducting the auction.
“I couldn’t do this without the volunteers. I’m thankful to everyone who helps me,” Hineman said.
The vendors paid $25 for the entire weekend and donated an item to the Chinese Auction. There is a $3 admission fee for adults and a $1 fee for children 8 years old and older, on Friday and Saturday, with free admission on Sunday. Hineman stresses, all the money raised goes to the Special Projects fund and will benefit the community.
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