Festival of Trees to draw winners November 29
Thu, 11/19/2020 - 1:20pm caleb
It’s not too late to support GPA fundraiser, try to win a decorated tree or gift basket during annual event
Caleb Casey | Managing Editor
There is still time to try to win a decorated Christmas tree or a prize basket during the annual Festival of Trees – a fundraiser event for the Grayling Promotional Association – this week at the Grayling Mini Mall.
The Grayling Promotional Association (GPA) is conducting the event with COVID-19 safety protocols, including a limit on the number of people inside, sanitization efforts, social distancing, masking requirements, and a clear shield between ticket buyers and ticket sellers.
For the annual event, GPA purchases the Christmas trees and businesses and organizations from the community decorate them with lights, ornaments, and a variety of prizes. Area businesses and organizations also provide gift baskets for the event. People can purchase tickets at the Grayling Mini Mall – they’re $2 apiece or six for $10 – and place the top portion (filled out with their name and phone number) into the bag or bucket that corresponds with the gift basket or tree they would like to win.
“Win the tree and everything on it,” Festival of Trees volunteers said.
Volunteers said this year’s event has 57 trees and 33 gift baskets. The number of trees is a little lower this year because the event does not have its extra room in the Grayling Mini Mall this year.
“Businesses have stepped up again with trees and very awesome baskets,” Festival of Trees volunteers said.
Volunteers said turnout has been up and down at times but good overall.
“It’s been going good. We’re pleased,” volunteers said. “So far the mask wearing has been not a problem. I think that people in Grayling are just happy to have something happening.”
The Festival of Trees will be open through Saturday, November 28, from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. each day (11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday); however, the event will be closed on Thanksgiving.
Festival of Trees volunteers said the event is GPA’s largest fundraiser of the year and people have been generous so far.
“It’s a good cause,” volunteers said.
The Grayling Promotional Association uses the money raised for a variety of local efforts and causes including beautification and decoration, the Fourth of July fireworks, the Crawford County Historical Museum, Munson Healthcare, Wellington Farm USA, the Crawford AuSable Thanksgiving Dinner, bike repair stations, the AuSable River Canoe Marathon, Kirtland Community College, and more.
The Festival of Trees has a special Memory Tree that helps collect donations for a specific cause every year; this year, the Memory Tree will support the Baby To Toddler Closet.
The Festival of Trees event includes two activities geared toward children – a coloring contest and letters to Santa – and it also offers the Bearly Used Christmas Store, a low cost shopping option for people to purchase donated items. Festival of Trees volunteers said people donated a lot of items this year.
GPA will draw the winners for the trees and the baskets on Sunday, November 29. The drawing will not be open to the public this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the event will be broadcast on the radio at WQON 100.3 at noon.