LIMA — The 47th Annual Christmas Tree Festival wrapped up Sunday at the Allen County Museum.
The event, which started on Wednesday, gave people a chance to view 107 trees, decorated and sponsored by local individuals and organizations.
Amber Hiebert and her 7-year-old daughter, Charlotte, were impressed with the event.
“She likes this Secret Santa shop,” said Amber. “We always take a picture with the wreath every year, and we have them all together in an album.”
On Sunday the top entries were recognized.
The People’s Choice Awards went to Zeroing in on Zane (first), Marimor Industries (second), Primrose (third), Jennifer Bockrath (fourth) and Cartridge Gaming (fifth).
“There’s still different organizations and different businesses who come in and decorate,” said Amy Craft, museum director. “I think people bring their own creativity based on kind of what their theme is and well, we always had a theme but this year, the committee decided not to even put a theme with the Christmas tree event and I think that’s the first time in its history.”
There were plenty of activities for families to enjoy, besides checking out the decorated trees.
“We have great trees this year. I think we have some of the most beautiful unique trees we’ve ever had. But I say that every year. It just gets better and better and we have a lot to offer everybody that comes in. There’s the little children’s shop selling things. Children could buy for their parents and families. There’s the boutique, there’s great entertainment, fingerprint ornaments, pictures and wreaths, so lots to do and lots of things to take part in,” said Donna Collins, administrative assistant bookkeeper at the museum.
Collins has seen quite a few of the Christmas Tree Festivals.
“It’s been a tradition for 47 years and I started way back coming back when it started, so it’s been a part of my life since it started,” said Collins.
Attendance was down just a bit this year according to Craft.
“Numbers are down a little. I think we’ve had a really great successful year. All of the days have been wonderful. It’s been great weather. People come out and we know that there have been people who are here for the first time and also people who come back year after year,” added Craft.
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