Five years ago the Christmas Festival of Trees began in Laurens. Designers have been decorating trees in unique and creative ways each year. This year a new policy has been made for the groups that decorate a tree for a specific country. These trees may be repeated in next year's festival. Would you or your group be interested in participating in the 2004 Festival of Trees "Christmas Around The World" sponsored by Laurens in Progress? Sports team trees are welcome and may be displayed in a group for some inter-team rivalry for the sports enthusiasts.
Organizations, business and individuals who participated in the 2003 Festival will receive letters and registration forms soon. Others who are interested in decorating a tree are encouraged to contact Lamore Thumma at 712-841-2359 for more information.
Registration due date is November 22 and the earlier the better. Placement of the trees in the Festival is based on the registration date and type of trees as well as color of lights. Set up days for the trees will be Tuesday and Wednesday, November 30 and December 1, by appointment to avoid confusion in decorating. The Festival will be open to the public for the first day on Saturday, December 4 and will close on Friday, December 31.
Groups and/or individual providing a decorated tree will not be charged for any fee nor are any trees or decorations to be sold from the trees during the festival. Trees will not be judged, just enjoyed by the community and others. Trees decorated by out-of-town groups are welcomed for the festival.