WAPAKONETA — It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas if you’re facing Wapakoneta, where the 14th annual Festival of Trees opens Wednesday and runs through Nov. 18 at The Gardens of Wapakoneta.
People visiting this festival can browse the Christmas wreaths and decorated trees, or bid to take home the festive pieces. This year, 80 trees, wreaths and specialty items will be up for auction.
“This is always a lot of fun. I’ve seen people bubble wrap a tree and walk it out the door when the festival ends, and I’ve seen others disassemble trees to get them home,” said Niki DuVall, marketing coordinator for Community Health Professionals, which hosts the annual fundraiser for that agency’s home and hospice program.
“A lot of the trees are decorated by indivuduals who shop year-round for this. They go all out to decorate their trees and wreaths, and they are all gorgeous,” DuVall said.
“The people come here to look and get ideas for their own decorations, and many sugn up to bid. It’s become tradition for a lot of people,” she added.
The record that DuVall has seen was $1,000 bid for an OSU-themed tree two years ago.
Along with Christmas decorations, the festival will include entertainment and silent auctions. Also, from 2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 17 there will be pictures with Santa.
“It’s fun, and I think people enjoy that the money they spend on auction items helps cover the non-insured care items and services our nurses and Hospice need so we don’t have to burden the families as they go through a difficult time,” DuVall said.