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Hayden tree festival benefits community

Tamera Manzanares

Area youth and service groups will get creative with holiday spirit while benefiting their organizations or other community causes at the Tree Festival and Auction on Sunday.

This will be the 16th year the Hayden Heritage Center has hosted the event, which will start at 1 p.m. in the Routt County Fairgrounds exhibit hall.

For $5 to $10, groups will enter a tree, wreath or centerpiece decorated traditionally or with a theme. Businesses and community members bid on the pieces, and the proceeds go to the group, which may keep the funds or dedicate the money to another organization.

When pieces come up for bid, a spokesperson for each group will speak for a few minutes about what the group plans to do with the money raised in the auction.

“It’s a good way to start off the holiday season,” said Judy Green, president of the Museum Board.

Groups that participated in the past include 4H, Destination Imagination teams, Girl Scouts, Routt County Cattlewomen, the Hayden chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, and the Rebekkas.

There are typically about 10 trees and 10 to 15 wreaths and centerpieces that have raised anywhere from $50 to $500 each. Some businesses increase the prices with bidding wars, Green said.

“It’s just a lighthearted, fun time,” she said.

Some bidders keep their trees, and others donate them to Hayden schools, The Haven, the Post Office and other places.

The sky is the limit when it comes to decorating the trees, wreaths and centerpieces.

One of the first entries came from the West Routt Ambulance crew, which decorated its tree with gauze and other medical supplies. One year, the Museum Board took pictures of local business people, framed the photos with old Christmas cards and hung them on a tree for decoration, Green said.

“It’s extremely open to whatever theme you want,” she said.

The majority of entries typically come from groups in Hayden or Craig, but the auction is open to groups from throughout the Yampa Valley.

Entry forms are available at the Hayden Town Hall. The deadline to enter is today. For more information, call Green at 276-3323 or Lauretta Davidson, 276-4291.


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