Here are a few photos of how the Festival of Trees looks the day before the event as everyone arrives at the Gateway Center and begins decorating their tree. Each tree is sponsored and decorated by various city boards or clubs such as the Chamber of Commerce, Lions, Knights of Columbus, etc and at 9 tonight they were judged. The first, second and third place winners will be sold via an oral auction and the rest of the 60 or so trees will be part of a silent auction. Food and drink and music will be a major part of the festivities. The profits from the sale of the trees and dinner tickets go to the charity which chairs this years festival, in this case, the Willoughby Farm renovation committee.
The beginning of the day-everyone gets their tree and begins the trimming.
A look at the other half of the room as they begin working.
Here is our Collinsville Progress tree in the early stages.
And here is our tree 7 hours later. Yes, it took 7 hours to do one tree, but it is gorgeous. Our theme is The Three Wisemen following the star until the light leads them to the manger where they offer gold and other gifts.
Maybe tomorrow night (late) there will be photos of the winning trees as well as a look at the Festival of Trees itself.