2022 Festival of Trees
That’s a wrap! Festival of Trees is officially 25 years old! 🎄🎄🎄
There are other communities that celebrate Christmas, but none quite in the way that we have done; where individuals, businesses and organizations come together to create a holiday event for all ages.
There was much to celebrate after a very difficult few years where we missed each other greatly. This past weekend, our Festival of Trees family was finally back together again!
The people who founded it 25 years ago, are still very much at the heart of this event. Eva and Doug Landry, and the team that they assembled, had a vision – a dazzling display of Christmas trees that people would come from all around to see.
25 years later we are still gathering together on Saturday and Sunday to appreciate the trees, but also to appreciate each other. We had 31 amazing trees entered this year, plus our annual food bank tree, which was stuffed with donations!
Congratulations to our first place winners in each category – they’ll each receive a plaque with a picture commemorating their big win!
🥇 Organization Category: O-10, River Bourgeois Community Services Society
🥇 Commercial / Retail Category: R-6, Harvey Realities
🥇 Youth Group Category: Y-4, EREC Grade 5/6 immersion
🥇 Children 11 & Over Category: C-1, Gabby Ricalton
🥇 Individual Adult Category: I-1, Hope Burke
To mark our 25th milestone, we cranked up our support for local businesses and gave away a first place Reindeer Hunt prize, plus three runner-up prizes!
Congratulations to Brooklyn Doucette who won our first draw – she won $100 from a participating, business of her choice and she picked Home Hardware! Congrats to our three $50 winners – Isla and Breagh Mombourquette who chose B & E General Store, Amy and Hudson Parraq who chose the Farmers Pantry, and Josie MacInnis, who also chose B & E General Store!
Congratulations also to our other prize winners – Rowie Groom won the Magic Mixie, Carrie Doucette won the Christmas framed decor, Gabby Ricalton won the early bird prize, and Sharlene Jeffrey won the cookie contest!
Festival of Trees was designed to support our local small businesses, and to create an experience for people in our community that’s affordable and fun. There’s no admission, we provide a free breakfast with Santa, pictures with Santa are only $5, lots of free activities, and even entering a tree only costs you a donation to the food bank and our silent auction. So we encourage you to please remember to support local businesses during this holiday shopping season!
To the volunteers, who have been with us many years, and to the new volunteers who jumped in head first for the first time this year – thank you!!!! We pulled this off together despite glitches and power struggles. And regardless of when or how long our volunteers have been at it, when it’s all said and done, they are all rock stars and I hope they all know that that 25 years of celebrating wouldn’t have happened without them.
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