Petting farm comes to Festival of Trees fundraiser.
Kids, animals, and the holidays seem to go hand-in-paw.
If you like your festivities with fur, plan to take part in this year's Festival of Trees, Saturday Nov. 17 at the Storm Lake Knights of Columbus Hall.
At this annual extravaganza of decorated trees, crafts, kids art projects, food and music, even Santa himself can't match the crowds that gather around the "Christmas Barn," a country- flavor indoor petting farm populated with baby animals.
From cuddly kittens and bouncing bunnies to affectionate puppies - the barn will be a place where kids and pets can entertain each other.
Special guests such as miniature horses, newly-hatched turkeys and other critters have been known to make special appearances.
The Festival of Trees event has free admission and lots of free entertainment including the petting farm, and proceeds from the various items available for purchase go to the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center auxiliary, which plans to donate proceeds toward a new helicopter pad for emergency air ambulance services.
Other events for the younger visitors to the Festival of Trees include the children's art corner where children can make their own Christmas Treasures. Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Santaland, where instant pictures will be available.
The adults in the family can shop the Holiday Market Place, where area crafters display unique items for sale in a store like setting.
Live entertainment will be performed from local artists. Many collectible will be exhibited including a large "Patriotic" theme display, a collection of "Christmas Joys and Christmas Toys" will be shown, and a large setup of classic electric trains will add to the holiday spirit.
Come hungry - the Sweet Shop will be serving up delicious gourmet coffees, desserts and homemade pretzels or a hearty warm lunch.
The Festival of Trees Nov. 17, runs from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall.
The fourth annual Premier Dinner will kick-off the Festival of Trees event Friday, Nov. 16 at 6:30 p.m. The night begins with a social surrounded by scrumptious appetizers, sit down to a five-course catered dinner and later entertainment by Sean Emery. Meet this self-proclaimed "juggler boy" and watch his high-energy, spontaneous and very funny show. Described by critics as "like Robin Williams with props!" Sean Emery's performances are always new and entertaining and they've been enjoyed by audiences all over the world.
To make a reservation, call Michelle Grant at 732-5927. Seating is limited. Cost is $50 per person. Proceeds go toward the construction of a helicopter emergency landing pad at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center. Festival of Trees is the only fundraising event that members of BVRMC Auxiliary sponsor each year.