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Ninth Annual Festival of Trees kicks off Saratoga’s Christmas season

Ella Marie Hayes
Saratoga, Wyo.

The 2011 Festival of Trees in Saratoga, Wyo., again provided a great kick-off for the holiday season. Forty-one holiday entries were donated by individuals, groups, and businesses and displayed for the public to enjoy viewing before being auctioned.

Stopping by to view the creations on Thursday and Friday during regular business hours and enjoying hot cider and cookies has become a Christmas event for local residents in itself, according to Chamber Director, Stacy Crimmins. The entries not only provide inspiration for the viewers’ own decorating and gift giving, but present an intriguing overview of the talents and businesses of local Valley citizens.

The People’s Choice Winner was “12 Projects of 4-H,” donated by Saratoga’s Finest 4-H Club. The club will receive a $50 gift certificate. The white tree was decorated with green garlands and ornaments including the 4-H logo, and silhouettes of figures representing the various projects such as cattle, poultry, pigs and clothing.

Other youth entries included the SES 6th grade’s “How the Snowmen Stole Christmas,” with snowmen featured on their colorful table; “Panther Pride,” with SMHS school colors highlighted on a purple tree decorated with gold, donated by Shelby McGuire; and “Go, Pokes,” with the Wyoming University logo carved in the wooden table built by the Saratoga Industrial Tech Class.

This Ninth Annual Gala and Auction sponsored by the Saratoga/Platte Valley Chamber of Commerce brought over $8,000. Proceeds will benefit the chamber and three Valley preschools – Excel Preschool, Saratoga Head Start and Encampment Preschool. The preschools have lost some funding this year so the chamber board voted to donate to the preschools this year.

“Trout Treasures” donated by Hack’s Tackle and Outfitters brought the highest bid of over $800 for all of the fishing gear including rod, reels, boxes of flies, leader, line and supplies. Other high bids went for a live spruce tree donated by Prancing Antelope and Quality Landscaping; “Blue Christmas,” a decorated tree accompanied with a large amount of radio advertising, donated by Toga Radio; a handcrafted end table and lamp base donated by Gary and Tina Francis; colorful party tableware and goblets donated by The Flower Pot; and a wrought iron horseshoe Christmas tree donated by Platte Valley Medical Clinic.

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The wide variety of entries not only featured home decor ranging from decorated trees, wreaths, centerpieces, tableware, and other accessories, but included some clothing items, as well. The many gift baskets included one with ingredients for a complete prime rib dinner; another held a collection of liquors for holiday celebrations; a generous assortment of luxurious spa products should be welcome during the busy holiday time; and several contained types of sweet treats combined with unique serving ware to add to special holiday moments.

The creativity of our Saratoga/Platte Valley citizens in planning their entries for the annual Festival of Trees was inspiring and a good start for getting into the Christmas spirit. I would like to share pictures of some of the festive holiday ideas from the Festival as a holiday greeting to the Fence Post readers. May you all have a Blessed Christmas and Happy New Year 2012.

The 2011 Festival of Trees in Saratoga, Wyo., again provided a great kick-off for the holiday season. Forty-one holiday entries were donated by individuals, groups, and businesses and displayed for the public to enjoy viewing before being auctioned.

Stopping by to view the creations on Thursday and Friday during regular business hours and enjoying hot cider and cookies has become a Christmas event for local residents in itself, according to Chamber Director, Stacy Crimmins. The entries not only provide inspiration for the viewers’ own decorating and gift giving, but present an intriguing overview of the talents and businesses of local Valley citizens.

The People’s Choice Winner was “12 Projects of 4-H,” donated by Saratoga’s Finest 4-H Club. The club will receive a $50 gift certificate. The white tree was decorated with green garlands and ornaments including the 4-H logo, and silhouettes of figures representing the various projects such as cattle, poultry, pigs and clothing.

Other youth entries included the SES 6th grade’s “How the Snowmen Stole Christmas,” with snowmen featured on their colorful table; “Panther Pride,” with SMHS school colors highlighted on a purple tree decorated with gold, donated by Shelby McGuire; and “Go, Pokes,” with the Wyoming University logo carved in the wooden table built by the Saratoga Industrial Tech Class.

This Ninth Annual Gala and Auction sponsored by the Saratoga/Platte Valley Chamber of Commerce brought over $8,000. Proceeds will benefit the chamber and three Valley preschools – Excel Preschool, Saratoga Head Start and Encampment Preschool. The preschools have lost some funding this year so the chamber board voted to donate to the preschools this year.

“Trout Treasures” donated by Hack’s Tackle and Outfitters brought the highest bid of over $800 for all of the fishing gear including rod, reels, boxes of flies, leader, line and supplies. Other high bids went for a live spruce tree donated by Prancing Antelope and Quality Landscaping; “Blue Christmas,” a decorated tree accompanied with a large amount of radio advertising, donated by Toga Radio; a handcrafted end table and lamp base donated by Gary and Tina Francis; colorful party tableware and goblets donated by The Flower Pot; and a wrought iron horseshoe Christmas tree donated by Platte Valley Medical Clinic.

The wide variety of entries not only featured home decor ranging from decorated trees, wreaths, centerpieces, tableware, and other accessories, but included some clothing items, as well. The many gift baskets included one with ingredients for a complete prime rib dinner; another held a collection of liquors for holiday celebrations; a generous assortment of luxurious spa products should be welcome during the busy holiday time; and several contained types of sweet treats combined with unique serving ware to add to special holiday moments.

The creativity of our Saratoga/Platte Valley citizens in planning their entries for the annual Festival of Trees was inspiring and a good start for getting into the Christmas spirit. I would like to share pictures of some of the festive holiday ideas from the Festival as a holiday greeting to the Fence Post readers. May you all have a Blessed Christmas and Happy New Year 2012.

The 2011 Festival of Trees in Saratoga, Wyo., again provided a great kick-off for the holiday season. Forty-one holiday entries were donated by individuals, groups, and businesses and displayed for the public to enjoy viewing before being auctioned.

Stopping by to view the creations on Thursday and Friday during regular business hours and enjoying hot cider and cookies has become a Christmas event for local residents in itself, according to Chamber Director, Stacy Crimmins. The entries not only provide inspiration for the viewers’ own decorating and gift giving, but present an intriguing overview of the talents and businesses of local Valley citizens.

The People’s Choice Winner was “12 Projects of 4-H,” donated by Saratoga’s Finest 4-H Club. The club will receive a $50 gift certificate. The white tree was decorated with green garlands and ornaments including the 4-H logo, and silhouettes of figures representing the various projects such as cattle, poultry, pigs and clothing.

Other youth entries included the SES 6th grade’s “How the Snowmen Stole Christmas,” with snowmen featured on their colorful table; “Panther Pride,” with SMHS school colors highlighted on a purple tree decorated with gold, donated by Shelby McGuire; and “Go, Pokes,” with the Wyoming University logo carved in the wooden table built by the Saratoga Industrial Tech Class.

This Ninth Annual Gala and Auction sponsored by the Saratoga/Platte Valley Chamber of Commerce brought over $8,000. Proceeds will benefit the chamber and three Valley preschools – Excel Preschool, Saratoga Head Start and Encampment Preschool. The preschools have lost some funding this year so the chamber board voted to donate to the preschools this year.

“Trout Treasures” donated by Hack’s Tackle and Outfitters brought the highest bid of over $800 for all of the fishing gear including rod, reels, boxes of flies, leader, line and supplies. Other high bids went for a live spruce tree donated by Prancing Antelope and Quality Landscaping; “Blue Christmas,” a decorated tree accompanied with a large amount of radio advertising, donated by Toga Radio; a handcrafted end table and lamp base donated by Gary and Tina Francis; colorful party tableware and goblets donated by The Flower Pot; and a wrought iron horseshoe Christmas tree donated by Platte Valley Medical Clinic.

The wide variety of entries not only featured home decor ranging from decorated trees, wreaths, centerpieces, tableware, and other accessories, but included some clothing items, as well. The many gift baskets included one with ingredients for a complete prime rib dinner; another held a collection of liquors for holiday celebrations; a generous assortment of luxurious spa products should be welcome during the busy holiday time; and several contained types of sweet treats combined with unique serving ware to add to special holiday moments.

The creativity of our Saratoga/Platte Valley citizens in planning their entries for the annual Festival of Trees was inspiring and a good start for getting into the Christmas spirit. I would like to share pictures of some of the festive holiday ideas from the Festival as a holiday greeting to the Fence Post readers. May you all have a Blessed Christmas and Happy New Year 2012.

The 2011 Festival of Trees in Saratoga, Wyo., again provided a great kick-off for the holiday season. Forty-one holiday entries were donated by individuals, groups, and businesses and displayed for the public to enjoy viewing before being auctioned.

Stopping by to view the creations on Thursday and Friday during regular business hours and enjoying hot cider and cookies has become a Christmas event for local residents in itself, according to Chamber Director, Stacy Crimmins. The entries not only provide inspiration for the viewers’ own decorating and gift giving, but present an intriguing overview of the talents and businesses of local Valley citizens.

The People’s Choice Winner was “12 Projects of 4-H,” donated by Saratoga’s Finest 4-H Club. The club will receive a $50 gift certificate. The white tree was decorated with green garlands and ornaments including the 4-H logo, and silhouettes of figures representing the various projects such as cattle, poultry, pigs and clothing.

Other youth entries included the SES 6th grade’s “How the Snowmen Stole Christmas,” with snowmen featured on their colorful table; “Panther Pride,” with SMHS school colors highlighted on a purple tree decorated with gold, donated by Shelby McGuire; and “Go, Pokes,” with the Wyoming University logo carved in the wooden table built by the Saratoga Industrial Tech Class.

This Ninth Annual Gala and Auction sponsored by the Saratoga/Platte Valley Chamber of Commerce brought over $8,000. Proceeds will benefit the chamber and three Valley preschools – Excel Preschool, Saratoga Head Start and Encampment Preschool. The preschools have lost some funding this year so the chamber board voted to donate to the preschools this year.

“Trout Treasures” donated by Hack’s Tackle and Outfitters brought the highest bid of over $800 for all of the fishing gear including rod, reels, boxes of flies, leader, line and supplies. Other high bids went for a live spruce tree donated by Prancing Antelope and Quality Landscaping; “Blue Christmas,” a decorated tree accompanied with a large amount of radio advertising, donated by Toga Radio; a handcrafted end table and lamp base donated by Gary and Tina Francis; colorful party tableware and goblets donated by The Flower Pot; and a wrought iron horseshoe Christmas tree donated by Platte Valley Medical Clinic.

The wide variety of entries not only featured home decor ranging from decorated trees, wreaths, centerpieces, tableware, and other accessories, but included some clothing items, as well. The many gift baskets included one with ingredients for a complete prime rib dinner; another held a collection of liquors for holiday celebrations; a generous assortment of luxurious spa products should be welcome during the busy holiday time; and several contained types of sweet treats combined with unique serving ware to add to special holiday moments.

The creativity of our Saratoga/Platte Valley citizens in planning their entries for the annual Festival of Trees was inspiring and a good start for getting into the Christmas spirit. I would like to share pictures of some of the festive holiday ideas from the Festival as a holiday greeting to the Fence Post readers. May you all have a Blessed Christmas and Happy New Year 2012.

The 2011 Festival of Trees in Saratoga, Wyo., again provided a great kick-off for the holiday season. Forty-one holiday entries were donated by individuals, groups, and businesses and displayed for the public to enjoy viewing before being auctioned.

Stopping by to view the creations on Thursday and Friday during regular business hours and enjoying hot cider and cookies has become a Christmas event for local residents in itself, according to Chamber Director, Stacy Crimmins. The entries not only provide inspiration for the viewers’ own decorating and gift giving, but present an intriguing overview of the talents and businesses of local Valley citizens.

The People’s Choice Winner was “12 Projects of 4-H,” donated by Saratoga’s Finest 4-H Club. The club will receive a $50 gift certificate. The white tree was decorated with green garlands and ornaments including the 4-H logo, and silhouettes of figures representing the various projects such as cattle, poultry, pigs and clothing.

Other youth entries included the SES 6th grade’s “How the Snowmen Stole Christmas,” with snowmen featured on their colorful table; “Panther Pride,” with SMHS school colors highlighted on a purple tree decorated with gold, donated by Shelby McGuire; and “Go, Pokes,” with the Wyoming University logo carved in the wooden table built by the Saratoga Industrial Tech Class.

This Ninth Annual Gala and Auction sponsored by the Saratoga/Platte Valley Chamber of Commerce brought over $8,000. Proceeds will benefit the chamber and three Valley preschools – Excel Preschool, Saratoga Head Start and Encampment Preschool. The preschools have lost some funding this year so the chamber board voted to donate to the preschools this year.

“Trout Treasures” donated by Hack’s Tackle and Outfitters brought the highest bid of over $800 for all of the fishing gear including rod, reels, boxes of flies, leader, line and supplies. Other high bids went for a live spruce tree donated by Prancing Antelope and Quality Landscaping; “Blue Christmas,” a decorated tree accompanied with a large amount of radio advertising, donated by Toga Radio; a handcrafted end table and lamp base donated by Gary and Tina Francis; colorful party tableware and goblets donated by The Flower Pot; and a wrought iron horseshoe Christmas tree donated by Platte Valley Medical Clinic.

The wide variety of entries not only featured home decor ranging from decorated trees, wreaths, centerpieces, tableware, and other accessories, but included some clothing items, as well. The many gift baskets included one with ingredients for a complete prime rib dinner; another held a collection of liquors for holiday celebrations; a generous assortment of luxurious spa products should be welcome during the busy holiday time; and several contained types of sweet treats combined with unique serving ware to add to special holiday moments.

The creativity of our Saratoga/Platte Valley citizens in planning their entries for the annual Festival of Trees was inspiring and a good start for getting into the Christmas spirit. I would like to share pictures of some of the festive holiday ideas from the Festival as a holiday greeting to the Fence Post readers. May you all have a Blessed Christmas and Happy New Year 2012.

The 2011 Festival of Trees in Saratoga, Wyo., again provided a great kick-off for the holiday season. Forty-one holiday entries were donated by individuals, groups, and businesses and displayed for the public to enjoy viewing before being auctioned.

Stopping by to view the creations on Thursday and Friday during regular business hours and enjoying hot cider and cookies has become a Christmas event for local residents in itself, according to Chamber Director, Stacy Crimmins. The entries not only provide inspiration for the viewers’ own decorating and gift giving, but present an intriguing overview of the talents and businesses of local Valley citizens.

The People’s Choice Winner was “12 Projects of 4-H,” donated by Saratoga’s Finest 4-H Club. The club will receive a $50 gift certificate. The white tree was decorated with green garlands and ornaments including the 4-H logo, and silhouettes of figures representing the various projects such as cattle, poultry, pigs and clothing.

Other youth entries included the SES 6th grade’s “How the Snowmen Stole Christmas,” with snowmen featured on their colorful table; “Panther Pride,” with SMHS school colors highlighted on a purple tree decorated with gold, donated by Shelby McGuire; and “Go, Pokes,” with the Wyoming University logo carved in the wooden table built by the Saratoga Industrial Tech Class.

This Ninth Annual Gala and Auction sponsored by the Saratoga/Platte Valley Chamber of Commerce brought over $8,000. Proceeds will benefit the chamber and three Valley preschools – Excel Preschool, Saratoga Head Start and Encampment Preschool. The preschools have lost some funding this year so the chamber board voted to donate to the preschools this year.

“Trout Treasures” donated by Hack’s Tackle and Outfitters brought the highest bid of over $800 for all of the fishing gear including rod, reels, boxes of flies, leader, line and supplies. Other high bids went for a live spruce tree donated by Prancing Antelope and Quality Landscaping; “Blue Christmas,” a decorated tree accompanied with a large amount of radio advertising, donated by Toga Radio; a handcrafted end table and lamp base donated by Gary and Tina Francis; colorful party tableware and goblets donated by The Flower Pot; and a wrought iron horseshoe Christmas tree donated by Platte Valley Medical Clinic.

The wide variety of entries not only featured home decor ranging from decorated trees, wreaths, centerpieces, tableware, and other accessories, but included some clothing items, as well. The many gift baskets included one with ingredients for a complete prime rib dinner; another held a collection of liquors for holiday celebrations; a generous assortment of luxurious spa products should be welcome during the busy holiday time; and several contained types of sweet treats combined with unique serving ware to add to special holiday moments.

The creativity of our Saratoga/Platte Valley citizens in planning their entries for the annual Festival of Trees was inspiring and a good start for getting into the Christmas spirit. I would like to share pictures of some of the festive holiday ideas from the Festival as a holiday greeting to the Fence Post readers. May you all have a Blessed Christmas and Happy New Year 2012.

The 2011 Festival of Trees in Saratoga, Wyo., again provided a great kick-off for the holiday season. Forty-one holiday entries were donated by individuals, groups, and businesses and displayed for the public to enjoy viewing before being auctioned.

Stopping by to view the creations on Thursday and Friday during regular business hours and enjoying hot cider and cookies has become a Christmas event for local residents in itself, according to Chamber Director, Stacy Crimmins. The entries not only provide inspiration for the viewers’ own decorating and gift giving, but present an intriguing overview of the talents and businesses of local Valley citizens.

The People’s Choice Winner was “12 Projects of 4-H,” donated by Saratoga’s Finest 4-H Club. The club will receive a $50 gift certificate. The white tree was decorated with green garlands and ornaments including the 4-H logo, and silhouettes of figures representing the various projects such as cattle, poultry, pigs and clothing.

Other youth entries included the SES 6th grade’s “How the Snowmen Stole Christmas,” with snowmen featured on their colorful table; “Panther Pride,” with SMHS school colors highlighted on a purple tree decorated with gold, donated by Shelby McGuire; and “Go, Pokes,” with the Wyoming University logo carved in the wooden table built by the Saratoga Industrial Tech Class.

This Ninth Annual Gala and Auction sponsored by the Saratoga/Platte Valley Chamber of Commerce brought over $8,000. Proceeds will benefit the chamber and three Valley preschools – Excel Preschool, Saratoga Head Start and Encampment Preschool. The preschools have lost some funding this year so the chamber board voted to donate to the preschools this year.

“Trout Treasures” donated by Hack’s Tackle and Outfitters brought the highest bid of over $800 for all of the fishing gear including rod, reels, boxes of flies, leader, line and supplies. Other high bids went for a live spruce tree donated by Prancing Antelope and Quality Landscaping; “Blue Christmas,” a decorated tree accompanied with a large amount of radio advertising, donated by Toga Radio; a handcrafted end table and lamp base donated by Gary and Tina Francis; colorful party tableware and goblets donated by The Flower Pot; and a wrought iron horseshoe Christmas tree donated by Platte Valley Medical Clinic.

The wide variety of entries not only featured home decor ranging from decorated trees, wreaths, centerpieces, tableware, and other accessories, but included some clothing items, as well. The many gift baskets included one with ingredients for a complete prime rib dinner; another held a collection of liquors for holiday celebrations; a generous assortment of luxurious spa products should be welcome during the busy holiday time; and several contained types of sweet treats combined with unique serving ware to add to special holiday moments.

The creativity of our Saratoga/Platte Valley citizens in planning their entries for the annual Festival of Trees was inspiring and a good start for getting into the Christmas spirit. I would like to share pictures of some of the festive holiday ideas from the Festival as a holiday greeting to the Fence Post readers. May you all have a Blessed Christmas and Happy New Year 2012.