Decorated Christmas trees are displayed during last year’s Festival of Trees. This year’s event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Quality Gardens on Route 228.
ADAMS TWP — Local residents Saturday will have an opportunity to help the needy by viewing nearly 50 decorated Christmas trees, which also will be for sale. Hosanna Industries’ third annual Festival of Trees will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Quality Gardens on Route 228. Amanda Becker, Hosanna Industries spokesman, said local businesses, organizations and individuals each provide a decorated artificial tree that is festooned with a different theme. The public can view the display prior to Saturday’s event and drop a dollar in the can in front of their favorite tree to vote for that tree. The sponsor that receives the highest amount will win a prize. The decorated trees will then be sold on a first come, first served basis. Becker said the trees will be priced from $20 to $200. Those who buy trees are expected to take them home on the day of the event. “We encourage people to come right away at 10 a.m. if they are interested in buying a specific tree,” Becker said. Light refreshments and a local guitarist playing holiday music will round out Saturday’s event. Admission is free. Becker said the Butler Area Woodturners will sell a limited number of their hand-tooled ornaments for prices ranging from $10 to $30. She said the quality of the trees’ decorations is second to none, and amazes the crowd at Quality Gardens each year. “Plenty of the ornaments are handmade,” she said. Last year’s festival raised more than $6,000 for the needy area residents that Hosanna Industries assists. “One of our main focuses is repairs for needy households in the area,” Becker said. A special room at the already festive Quality Gardens is reserved for the festival each year. “They give us a huge section in the back that is filled with all of our trees,” Becker said. “We are very grateful to them.” Hosanna Industries invites the public on Saturday to come view the trees, enjoy a snack, and vote for or buy their favorite creation. “The trees are gorgeous, and you can support a good local cause,” Becker said. “It’s a great way to get into the Christmas spirit.”