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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Festival Of Trees Opens To Public

The annual Festival Of Trees charity event opened today and will run through Saturday, Dec. 3, at the South Towne Expo Center, 9575 S. State Street in Sandy (Salt Lake area). Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The festival benefits Primary Children's Medical Center. Individuals and families and organizations donate decorated Christmas trees, which are then sold at the event. Over the years it has become popular and attracts many participants. Many people come just because they enjoy viewing the beautiful trees.

KSL TV has this report about the festival. Below are excerpts.

The Festival of Trees, a tradition that began 41 years ago with a display of 60 trees, will open to the public Wednesday with more than 700 trees decorated and donated by individuals, families, church groups and community organizations.

The trees will be sold through an invitation-only silent auction Tuesday night. Any tree not sold will be available for purchase during the festival itself.

The Salt Lake Tribune has this article. Here are excerpts.

According to festival organizers, 100 percent of the money raised benefits Primary Children’s Medical Center. Last year, the festival raised just over $1.5 million; more than $29.3 million has been raised since the event was launched in 1971.

For the kids, there is Santa Land, featuring Old St. Nick himself; face painting, bubbles and other activities; a playhouse plaza filled with child-sized dream houses, gazebos, doll houses, and children’s furniture; and items priced for a child’s budget.

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