Nearly 300 votes were cast in Montgomery’s inaugural Festival of Trees contest, which netted a first place win for the .
The 13 participating organizations decorated a tree in honor of their business and displayed it at the for community viewing and voting from Dec. 4 through Dec. 16.
The Montgomery and Countryside Fire Protection District’s tree was decked out with traditional ornaments and ribbon, and had a toy train circling beneath. An added bonus? The holiday fire safety tips available to viewers.
“The Festival of Trees turned out really great and we can’t wait to do it again next year,” said Debbie Buchanan, executive assistant to the village manager.
Officials said the purpose of the initiative was to provide a fun way for business owners to participate in a community event and get some exposure for themselves in the process.
Second place honors went to Water Lily Floral’s tree, which was, fittingly, decorated with flowers. A third place win was picked up by the Orchard Road Animal Hospital tree, which was decorated to look like a dog, complete with giant candy cane ears, eyes, red nose, floppy fabric tongue and a collar with a bell. A Balloon Creation, Inc., won fourth place for its tree made entirely out of green, red, white and yellow balloons.
The unveiling of the trees coincided with the village’s annual tree lighting which was held Dec. 4. Officials said about 600 residents and visitors attended.
Other participating businesses for the Festival of Trees contest included BMO Harris Bank, Brian and Sons, Inc., Blockbuster, Coffman Truck Sales Inc., Community Christian Church, Kids Heaven party/novelty shop, Premier Design High Fashion Jewelry, and Schaefer Greenhouses.
“The Festival of Trees has been so well received, I’m sure we’ll have even more business participation next year,” Deputy Clerk Ruth Maloy said.
The Montgomery and Countryside Fire Protection District will be recognized for their winning tree by the Village of Montgomery and the Greater Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce, which co-sponsored the event, at the Jan. 23 Village Board meeting.
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