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Festival of Trees comes to Fraser Dec. 5

The Fraser River Valley Lions Club 11th Annual Festival of Trees will be on Friday, Dec. 5, from 4-8 p.m. at the Grand Park Community Recreation Center in Fraser. Santa will visit from 5-6:30 p.m. Proceeds from the silent auction of decorated trees, and all gift and food sales will go directly to local charitable organizations.
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The 11th Annual Christmas Festival of Trees, presented by the Fraser River Valley Lions Club, will be on Friday, Dec. 5, from 4-8 p.m. at the Grand Park Community Recreation Center. Admission is free. This is a special evening for children and adults alike.

Featuring 22 Christmas trees, five wreaths, a Menorah and a dreidel, donated by Fraser Valley Lions and decorated by 28 local non-profit organizations, attendees who place the highest bid will have their lighted and decorated trees delivered in tree stands by members of the Lions Club on Saturday morning (if winners live west of Kremmling, please discuss delivery arrangements). Successful wreath and Menorah bidders will take home their decorations that evening.

This is a wonderful opportunity for businesses, visitors and homeowners to enjoy a beautifully decorated tree without stress.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at the event from 5-6:30 p.m. to hear the Christmas wish list of children, and to share toys and to be photographed with the children.

According to tradition, there will be a “favorite tree contest,” during which attendees will vote with tickets for the tree they deem the best decorated, winning that organization an additional stipend. This is always a friendly and vigorous contest.

An additional feature this year is a raffle presented by the Lions Club. The drawing will be at 7:30 p.m. at the festival, and the package includes a “Fraser Valley Fun Package” (retail value $1,333), one night lodging and dinner for two at Devil’s Thumb Ranch (retail value $425), a hot air balloon ride for two (value $500), golf for two at Pole Creek Golf Course (value $198), dinner for two at Bistro 28 at Pole Creek Golf Course (value$50), dinner for two at Sunspot at Winter Park Resort (value $160), and two tickets for a Snow Cat Ride (value $98). Tickets are $5 each or six for $25, available at the festival. Proceeds benefit local nonprofit organizations.

Another tradition returns as wood carvings by Bill Browne will be available for purchase throughout the evening or until sold out.

Always a popular table, desserts provided by local restaurateurs will be presented in a silent auction during the evening – prevailing bidders will take their desserts home upon departure from the event, perhaps a respite from holiday baking.

Festival guests are invited to enjoy hors d’oeuvres prepared by Lions Club members, and beverages will again be served at the bar.

A holiday inspiration from Lion Jill Childress, this delightful Grand County holiday tradition began in 2004 in a retail space in Cooper Creek, featuring 10 trees. The winning tree that first year was decorated by Middle Park High School After Prom Committee for a high bid of $600. Subsequently the festival moved to a larger space at Beaver Creek for several years before progressing to the larger space at the Recreation Center and offering trees, wreaths, and dreidels.

Participating non-profit organizations over the years have included Advocates for a Violence-Free Community, NWRM Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Eternal Hills Christian Preschool, Fraser Community Garden, Fraser Creative Learning Center, Fraser Valley Recreation Foundation, Girl Scouts, Grand Beginnings, Grand County Characters (by Fraser Red Hat Chapter of Women with Altitude), Grand Council on Aging, Grand County Jewish Community, Grand County Rural Health Network, Grand Futures, Grand Huts, Grand Kids, Headwaters Trail Alliance, Heart of the Mountains Hospice, Horizons, Infinite West, Middle Park 4-H Club, Middle Park Fair & Rodeo Royalty Program, Moffat Road Railroad Museum & Interpretative Center/Grand Co. Model Railroad Club, Mountain Family Center (by Grand County Board of Realtors), National Sports Center for the Disabled, P.E.O. Chapter IE, Pet Pals, and Trout Unlimited. All local non-profit organizations are invited to apply.

Contact local Lions Club members for additional information about this lovely Grand County Christmas tradition, or log on to the website at http://www.fraservalleylions.org .

Santa Claus is coming to town!

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