Candlelight Festival of Trees

Waste not, want not Roger Lepa checks out the Lime Springs Herald tree, which won the tree contest for Festival of Trees. All of the ornaments, including the tree topper, and presents were made with recycled newspaper. The Library’s tree featured pictures of local heroes.

Waste not, want not
Roger Lepa checks out the Lime Springs Herald tree, which won the tree contest for Festival of Trees. All of the ornaments, including the tree topper, and presents were made with recycled newspaper. The Library’s tree featured pictures of local heroes.

By Marcie Klomp

It was another successful year for Festival of Trees, which took place on Sunday, Nov. 30.

There were only 10 trees that competed for the $25, first-place prize, and it was a close race. Lime Springs Herald ended up taking first for its newspaper-themed tree. Staff opted to donate their prize money to Lime Springs Pool.

Other businesses used bits of their trade as ornaments as well. Family Fun and Fitness had all sorts of fitness-related ornaments, including jump rope for garland and balls and frisbees as ornaments and a ball glove as a topper. Hair Port had combs and a curling iron as ornaments!

Ellen Klomp has a huge collection of Christmas tree pins that she attached to her tree as ornaments. Beverley Copeman and Lois Bronner put angels on one tree and Copeman made a Santa tree.

Several organizations got into the Christmas spirit by decorating trees. Senior Citizens always come up with a neat idea. Hey, they should! They have years of expertise behind them! Their tree was filled with all things related to playing cards. Chat & Do Club’s theme was “Let it Snow” and was filled with snowmen. Oneota Club’s main focus is on reading, so its tree was full of children’s books.

The Library’s theme was “Every Hero has a Story” and featured pictures of our local heroes, including the fire chief, nurses, doctors, teachers and preachers!

The Coffee Club had an old-fashioned tree with wooden beads as garland and old toys as ornaments.

Sandy Johnson, Deb Smith and crew did a great job in filling in the cracks with other decorations. The tables had greenery with painted wine bottles.

A light lunch was served. There were 56 individuals who voted on the trees. Although those who attended the event had a great time, numbers were down from two years ago. Hopefully, Community Club will continue this fun celebration heralding the beginning of the Christmas season.

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