Tomorrow is the Festival of Trees, a dinner with music and decorated trees to bid on. Each year Collinsville puts on this wonderful event with the proceeds going to a local non profit. The entity which receives the profits from the Festival is in charge of putting it on and this year the money will go to the Collinsville Education Fund. The day before the Festival, organizations which agreed to do a tree went to the Gateway Center and began decorating.
Gary Clark, this year's chairman, representing the Collinsville Education group.
Collinsville Progress, of which I am a member always decorates a tree and today was the day. The trees will be lined up on risers and auctioned off, most by a silent auction, the top trees as judged by a group of judges will be auctioned during an oral auction. Here's a look at some of the activity today.
The lights go on first and then it is serious business getting the ornaments just right. The Collinsville Progress tree is an Italian theme.
Here's a look at some of the rest of what went on by others.
Then some of the live trees being decorated by members of various organizations.
And this which was really striking