In addition to this year’s Hometown Christmas celebration the Chamber of Commerce has prepared a second annual Festival of Trees for the enjoyment of the community. Chamber member, Laurel Orr said, “We endeavor to support local businesses and groups by creating opportunities for them to market themselves. This is done through the Festival of Trees.”
Orr explained that the event is designed to bring community members into businesses throughout the county to view the trees and get a special even passport stamped. Through the upcoming Christmas Market it creates an ideal setting for home-based businesses to sell their items. Orr continued saying, “Most local businesses see a benefit any time there is a well-attended event in the county.”
The Festival of Trees is a week-long event. It has two purposes: Bring the community together to raise funds for local families in need and second, to create an opportunity for businesses to bring people into their stores who might not be familiar with their business.
Last year was the first Festival of Trees in the county and in the end the even raised $5,500. Those funds were then distributed through multiple channels and 70 area families were helped with their needs.
The Festival of Trees will commence on Monday, November 26th. 20 businesses throughout the county have decorated festive trees and will have them on display in their business Monday through Friday. Individuals can pick up a Christmas Passport at any of the participating locations. The instructions are: Go to each location and get the passport stamped. Passports must be completed and in a collection box by Friday, November 30th at 5 pm.
Passports cannot be stamped on Saturday, December 1st.
The completed passports will be entered into a drawing for a $200 VISA gift card. During the Hometown Christmas celebration on December 1st all the trees will be on display at the Golden Spike Building on Commercial Street. People may bid on the trees and take one home if they have the winning bid.
The Participating businesses are:
First Bank, Morgan branch
First Bank, Mountain Green branch
Traverse Tours and Travel
Morgan Valley Polaris
Get Games Company @ Grounds for Coffee
Farm Bureau Financial
Front Street Gifts
Wardell Brothers Construction
Goldenwest Credit Union
Coldwell Banker Residential @ Grounds for Coffee
Team Jerry Pierce
Morgan Family Dental
Go Green Tax
Hind’s Country Store
Morgan City and County
Skyview Excavation @ Grounds for Coffee
Orr said, “We want to thank all of the businesses who are creating and donating the trees.”
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