Mansfield Living

Festival brings holiday spirit

The Mansfield Women's Club’s Festival of Trees drew 60 trees last year in a variety of styles and themes.
The Mansfield Women's Club’s Festival of Trees drew 60 trees last year in a variety of styles and themes. File photo

Cowboys, dump trucks, Matchbox cars and woodland creatures will decorate more than 60 trees at the third annual Festival of Trees.

“I think it gets people in the Christmas spirit,” said Suzi Hogan, chairperson for the Manfield Women’s Club event. “This is a really fun, festive event, even if you don’t need a tree.”

Of course, if you do, this is the place. The 4-foot trees have been decorated and donated by local businesses, insurance agencies, Realtors, stores, nurses and Pickle Queens. All are pre-lit with the ornaments wired or glued onto them. And they are all up for bids.

The trees will be on display from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Cedar Bluff Assisted Living. Admission is free.

Visitors can check out the 67 trees and 23 wreaths, place a bid on one or more in the silent auction or buy them outright.

“If they have to have that tree, we have a set price for it and they can buy it,” explained Marilyn Gerloff, a Mansfield Women’s Club member. “We ask that the trees stay there for two days. They can pick up the trees after the event.”

People looking for a larger tree can purchase a $10 raffle ticket for a 9-foot glittery gold tree, decorated and donated by Cedar Bluff, which will even deliver to the winner.

Proceeds from the event will be donated to Harvesting International Food Bank, Hogan said. Last year’s donations totaled $7,000, and the Women’s Club is hoping to top that this year.

Festival of Trees

10 a.m-6 p.m. Nov. 18-19

Cedar Bluff Assisted Living

354 Matlock Road

Free

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