Festival of Trees auction Friday

2012-11-14T11:11:00Z Festival of Trees auction FridayDeb Holland Meade County Times-Tribune staff Rapid City Journal

STURGIS | Kami Grubl admits that she and fellow hairdresser Tina Ficek at Just For Looks Salon in Sturgis think about their entry in the annual Sturgis Festival of Trees event most of the year.

“We’re thinking about it all the time,” Grubl said. “We bounce ideas off each, then, if we see something during the year for the tree we buy it.”

This year, Just For Looks tree is perched in an old wooden wagon and decorated in a country theme with bird houses and burlap.

“I really enjoy decorating,” Grubl said.

This year it took the women about five hours to complete their entry for the event. The Just For Looks tree and 19 others are on display now at 1st Interstate Bank on Main Street in Sturgis.

The trees, 25 wreaths and other assorted holiday decorations will be auctioned Friday, Nov. 16, at the bank. The gathering begins at 5:30 p.m. with a social hour. The auction commences about 6:15 p.m.

The Festival of Trees is a Christmas tree auction, but it’s much more than that, says organizer Rosemary Roth, public relations officer at 1st Interstate.

“It raises much-needed funds for Hospice of the Northern Hills and the Greater Sturgis Area Foundation Permanent Endowment Fund which annually funds countless non-profit organizations in the Sturgis area,” she said.

Since 1995, First Interstate Bank in Sturgis has hosted The Festival of Trees. And every year talented decorators make it an amazing event, Roth says.

“Individuals, groups, and businesses from around the area volunteer to decorate trees, wreaths and various other holiday items. All of these folks work diligently decorating their tree to make it just right,” she said.

This is the first time the event is being held on a Friday night and the first year for all artificial trees.

“The creations run the gamut, from country to cowboy to stunningly elegant beautiful trees,” Roth said.

Also this year, Mike Fellner will play piano throughout the evening to add a holiday ambiance to the event.

“The trees are up and ready. Come take a look and be ready to bid,” Roth said.

She says that whether you do business in town, own a business, or just want to do something that will make a difference, this is your opportunity.

“What a great way for you to support such deserving organizations,” she said.

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