Submit Entries for Festival of Trees

by Kelly Choate on November 18, 2011 at 9:30 am

There’s still time to participate in this year’s Festival of Trees in Zanesville.

In just a few weeks, the Muskingum County Welcome Center will transform into a winter wonderland.  Chamber of Commerce President Tom Poorman said the auction will feature more than 200 Christmas trees, wreaths and stockings.

"It’s really neat the things that people come up with," said Poorman.  "We’ve been doing this for a long time, but every year there are new ideas.  People come up with great ideas every year, and there are some beautiful things that make great holiday decorations."

Poorman said the creativity never ceases to amaze him, and he has seen a lot of trends come and go over the past two decades.  He said the amount of money raised fluctuates with the economy, but last year’s Festival of Trees generated about $42,000 for the Chamber of Commerce.

"The best part for me is seeing the extreme level of generosity of the individuals in this community," said Poorman.  "I’m always impressed by how people step up and agree to support what we’re trying to accomplish.  There are a lot of civic-minded people out there, and it really shows this time of year."

The Festival of Trees begins on November 30th.  WHIZ will broadcast the live auction on the radio on December 2nd.  Entries will be accepted at any time, but Poorman said it’s best to submit items as soon as possible.