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A green Christmas

Children compete in eco-friendly gift contest

Melinda Dudley

Oak Creek’s Tracks and Trails Museum is holding its inaugural “Have a Green Christmas” contest, inviting local youths to design and build birdhouses and birdfeeders this holiday season. The eco-friendly gifts then will be sold, with proceeds benefiting the museum and Routt County Habitat for Humanity.

The Green Christmas contest grew out of Tracks and Trails Museum’s desire to bring the South Routt community together somehow during the holidays this year, the museum’s volunteer archivist, Mike Yurich said.

“We were searching for some sort of event or open house for the local people to come in and see us before the end of the year,” Yurich said. “We kicked a lot of ideas around – everything from gingerbread houses to wreathes and trees.”

They eventually settled on crafting a contest of handmade birdhouses and birdfeeders, using recycled and bird-friendly products, and they decided to invite the community to join them at the museum on judging day, Dec. 6, Yurich said.

“We’re hoping to get a good turnout for it,” he said.

Yurich himself made up a couple of samples birdhouses this week, made out milk cartons, plastic bottles, pinecones and bark from beetle-killed pine trees. The samples are on display at the museum.

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Prize money for the “Have a Green Christmas” contest was donated by First National Bank of the Rockies in Oak Creek.

South Routt youngsters also are invited to bring a homemade ornament to Tracks and Trails Museum to help decorate its Christmas trees. Kids will receive $1 for their ornament, Yurich said.

‘Have a Green Christmas’ contest

Categories: Edible birdhouses using bird-friendly products, birdhouses made from recycled materials, and birdfeeders

Judging: 12:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at Tracks and Trails Museum; drop off your entries between 10 a.m. and noon that day or as soon as they are completed, and the museum will put them on display

Prizes: $50 in each category

Entry fees: $7 for each entry; items will be donated for sale, with proceeds going to Routt County Habitat for Humanity and Tracks and Trails Museum

Information: 736-8245