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Saratoga’s festival of trees raises over $7,000 for local organizations   

Ella Marie Hayes
Saratoga, Wyo.
Noel V. Hayes, Jr. Volunteer Tree on display honoring Valley people who volunteer in many capacities. Community groups added ornaments to the tree representing their organizations. Individuals were also listed on "Santa's Nice List."

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Saratoga’s Festival of Trees Gala once again provided a festive event to help viewers get into the holiday mood and enjoy the many lovely Christmas trees, centerpieces and other creative gift ideas. A row of colorful Christmas trees lining the West Hallway leading to the Great Hall where many more trees and other items donated by businesses, organizations and individuals were on display prior to the Festival of trees Gala and Auction on Friday night, Dec. 4.

The decorated tree, “Candy Cane Christmas” donated by the Saratoga Sixth Graders won the People’s Choice vote. The tree, “Fishing Delight,” with its abundant accompaniment of fishing gear, donated by Hack’s Tackle, Mike Patterson owner, once again took the highest bid.

The varied themes included a sober reminder by the American Legion, Post 54 tree, “Christmas Away From Home” giving a tribute to American soldiers, especially the 774 Wyoming troops currently serving overseas, and a special memorial for Staff Sgt. Tyler Pickett killed in action in 2008. Other gift items ranged from rustic Western decorations, to a collection of brown and gold University of Wyoming accessories for avid Cowboy fans, to containers filled with the makings for jolly parties, to a tree featuring treats for a family’s pets.

The Festival of Trees Auction proceeds from the 35 entries amounted to over $7,000. The income will benefit the Encampment Thrift Store and Prayer Shawl Knitters as well as the sponsors – Saratoga Museum and Saratoga/Platte Valley Chamber of Commerce.

On Saturday, December 5, the annual Parade of Lights, proceeded through downtown Saratoga ending at the Community Center for Winter Wonderland and Santa’s Workshop. Children had an opportunity to visit Santa and get their picture taken. Families also enjoyed free chili, hot dogs, cookies and hot chocolate served by the Valley Service Organization.

Van and I would like to share some of the creative Christmas trees and decorations we enjoyed at the Platte Valley Community Center during the weekend’s festivities as our Christmas greeting to the Fence Post readers. We wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2010!

Saratoga’s Festival of Trees Gala once again provided a festive event to help viewers get into the holiday mood and enjoy the many lovely Christmas trees, centerpieces and other creative gift ideas. A row of colorful Christmas trees lining the West Hallway leading to the Great Hall where many more trees and other items donated by businesses, organizations and individuals were on display prior to the Festival of trees Gala and Auction on Friday night, Dec. 4.

The decorated tree, “Candy Cane Christmas” donated by the Saratoga Sixth Graders won the People’s Choice vote. The tree, “Fishing Delight,” with its abundant accompaniment of fishing gear, donated by Hack’s Tackle, Mike Patterson owner, once again took the highest bid.

The varied themes included a sober reminder by the American Legion, Post 54 tree, “Christmas Away From Home” giving a tribute to American soldiers, especially the 774 Wyoming troops currently serving overseas, and a special memorial for Staff Sgt. Tyler Pickett killed in action in 2008. Other gift items ranged from rustic Western decorations, to a collection of brown and gold University of Wyoming accessories for avid Cowboy fans, to containers filled with the makings for jolly parties, to a tree featuring treats for a family’s pets.

The Festival of Trees Auction proceeds from the 35 entries amounted to over $7,000. The income will benefit the Encampment Thrift Store and Prayer Shawl Knitters as well as the sponsors – Saratoga Museum and Saratoga/Platte Valley Chamber of Commerce.

On Saturday, December 5, the annual Parade of Lights, proceeded through downtown Saratoga ending at the Community Center for Winter Wonderland and Santa’s Workshop. Children had an opportunity to visit Santa and get their picture taken. Families also enjoyed free chili, hot dogs, cookies and hot chocolate served by the Valley Service Organization.

Van and I would like to share some of the creative Christmas trees and decorations we enjoyed at the Platte Valley Community Center during the weekend’s festivities as our Christmas greeting to the Fence Post readers. We wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2010!


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