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Annual Festival of Trees Continues Planning for November Event

October 10, 2018

It might still be October, but it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas for Community Festival of Trees organizers.

The annual event, under the Friends of Wetzel County organization, is slated for Nov. 16, and this year's beneficiaries of the charitable event are Journey Hospice, New Martinsville Lions Club, and Valley High School Sportsman's Club. The event began in 2015, and during its first two years, raised more than $10,000 for local charities. During its 2017 run, the Community Festival of Trees brought in more than $7,000. The 2017 charities - Friends of Paden City Pool, Grow Local Go Local, and Wetzel County Hope and Memories each yielded $2,442.27.

Each year the charitable event has grown, and this year is no different. Organizers and persons from each of this year's charities sold refreshments at the Back Home Appalachian Arts & Music Festival. They also held a "paint n' sip" event, as well as hosted a quarter auction. These endeavors have allowed Festival of Trees organizers to raise more than a third of the funds raised in last year alone. The quarter auction itself raised $3727.80. All funds raised, after costs to hold the Nov. 16 event, will go toward this year's charities.

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Pictured is a Christmas tree decorated by the Valley High School Sportsman’s Club. This tree, and several others decorated by local organizations and businesses, will be auctioned at the Nov. 16 Community Festival of Trees event, which will be held at the Wetzel County Mollohan Center.

Donors and donations toward the Sept. 23 quarter auction included the following: Ace Hardware (tool set), AL Concrete (bicycles), Amy Diffenbauch (Pampered Chef), Auto Zone (tool set), Barth's Florist (two $40 gift certificates), Bridgeport Equipment (weed eater), Cellar Door ($25 gift card), Country Cupboard (candle/tray), Dominion Energy (kayak), Dos Hermano's ($20 gift card), Doug's Trading Post (hats, knife, gun, and socks), Fast Eddy's (free oil change), Flower Basket (candle basket), JW Tire (two tire alignments), Valley Sportsman's Club (WV basket/clock), Mark West (gas grill), Mike Koontz (rustic basket), Phillips Pharmacy (candle and other items), Riggenbach Tile & Carpet (carpet), Rush Farms (five pounds of ground beef and round steaks), S&S Diamonds and Fine Jewelry ($25 gift certificate), The Supply Store (figurine), Tractor Supply (cake plate), TW Detailing (detailing package), Wayside (knife set), Wetzel County Solid Waste Authority (portable wagon), Walmart (gift card). Other donations included a plant stand/plant, cooler, sports bag, Pampered Chef items, cutting boards basket, Thirtyone bag and hair products, tote, mugs and cocoa.

The highlight of the Community Festival of Trees Nov. 16 event itself features the auction of several trees, decorated by local businesses and organization. This year's trees were decorated by the following: Paw Spa, State Farm (Lisa Shepherd), C&C Designs, Wetzel Valley, City Wide Insurance and Real Estate, Olive Branch Animal Refuge & Rescue, Wetzel County Hope and Memories, Journey Hospice, Valley High School Sportsman's Club, New Martinsville Church of God, Shortline Station, Wetzel County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Michelle Toman, Wetzel County Democratic Women, DCT Construction, and BB Smith.

The trees will be on display in the New Martinsville municipal building, beginning at the Chili Fest and until the Nov. 16 event. Residents will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite tree, via penny vote. The money garnered from the votes is distributed to the three charities for the year, while the Peoples Choice winner has bragging rights.

The Nov. 16 event will feature a "pack the can blind auction," 50/50 drawing, music, dancing, and plenty of fun and laughs for everyone.

The event is BYOB, and participants are encouraged to bring their own refreshments. This allows more of the funds raised to go toward the charities themselves. However, Coke and Sprite will be provided.

To help out the Community Festival of Trees with its endeavors, contact Terri Tyler at 304-771-5168.



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