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More than 700 people attended Festival of Trees event

Published: Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 10:46 p.m. CDT
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Participants at the Grundy County Historical Society's Festival of Trees check out raffle items at the event held the weekend after Thanksgiving. The annual event is the biggest fundraiser for the historical society.

MORRIS – The trees were beautiful, the wreaths were gorgeous and the center pieces glittered. All the attractions received a great deal of attention during the Grundy County Historical Society Festival of Trees in November.

The Grundy County Historical Society welcomed 742 people at their annual Festival of Trees Auction event. Many attendees passed through for serious bidding or to get ideas for their own homes, according to a news release from the historical society.

The most popular tree this year was Reeves Funeral Homes, “WHOOS Ready for Christmas” filled with owls, hedgehogs and birds. Another popular items included a tree full of hand blown ornaments by Sarah Jane Fisher.

Other trees and items also raised significant funds for the historical society, including trees for children, a wine tree, a “Night at the Movies” tree, machines supplied by Northwestern Corporation, a candy dispenser decorated with Route 66 graphics and a gumball dispenser decorated with Bulls graphics.

One of the more nostalgic trees was a tree decorated with handmade ornaments by Pieces From the Heart Quilt Guild.

The raffle items were popular as well, according to the news release. The main raffle item was an iPad mini supplied by Century 21 Coleman-Hornsby and was won by Sheila Funk who said she would have to ask her grandchildren how to use it.  

The historical society felt this year was the most successful they had in several years, according to the release. The event is the society’s main fundraiser each year.

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