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Festival Of Trees Is Friday

November 15, 2017
Wetzel Chronicle

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! That will certainly be the theme and case during the annual Festival of Trees, to be held Nov. 17, 7-10 p.m. at the Mollohan Center. The main event will be the auction of several Christmas trees, decorated by local organizations and businesses. Proceeds from the auction will go to three charities - Wetzel County Hope and Memories, Grow Local Go Local, and Friends of Paden City Pool.

Friends of PC Pool is a volunteer organization, which helps to maintain and keep open the pool in Paden City.

Wetzel County Hope & Memories provides gas cards to people who are receiving chemo/radiation treatments, and Grow Local Go Local is an organization educating and helping communities plant and harvest fresh vegetables and making a Farmers Market available to the New Martinsville area.

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The Gabriel Project’s tree is suitable for display all winter long!

This year, the Festival of Trees is sponsored by The Friends of Wetzel County, and is fully known as the "Community Festival of Trees." Tickets for the event are $15.

Organizations and businesses decorating trees for the 2017 event include Gabriel Project, Quota Club, Progressive Bank, Hope & Memories, Rotary, Bayer Heritage Federal Credit Union, New Martinsville Church of God, WVNCC, J&H Farms, C&C Designs, Wileyville Auction House, Shortline Station, and Wetzel Valley Agencies. The decorated trees are currently at the New Martinsville city building, and residents have the opportunity to vote for their favorite tree, via penny vote. The money garnered from the votes also is distributed to the charities, while the Peoples Choice winner has bragging rights.

The event will feature a silent auction and $500 cash tree, sponsored by the Quota Club. There will also be a 50/50 drawing, music, dancing, and plenty of fun and laughs for everyone - along with a crazy Christmas sock contest!

The event is BYOB, and participants are encouraged to bring their own refreshments. Coke and Sprite will be provided.

The first 100 attendees of the event will receive a Star Shower Light Display, courtesy of Wal-Mart. Also, if 100 individuals attend the Nov. 17 event, $500 will be given away. The winner, whose ticket is drawn, will receive $500 which will go toward the winner's charity of choice.

Over the past two years, the Community Festival of Trees has helped out nine different charities and raised over $10,000 for the charities.

For more information, and to stay updated on the event, visit "Community Festival of Trees" on Facebook.

To help out the Community Festival of Trees with its endeavors, contact Terri Tyler at 304-771-5168. Tickets are available at the Wetzel County Solid Waste Authority's building, or by calling Tyler. Tickets can also be purchased the night of the event, at the door.



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