For immediate release - Dec. 2, 2004
TAVARES — Busy holiday decorators prepared Thursday for the Fifth Annual Festival of Trees presented by the Lake County Historical Museum.
With an array of holiday trees, including one featuring all recycled materials and another that boasts dozens of peacock feathers, this year’s festival stands to be one of the most creative and innovative ever.
Arriving first Thursday morning to trim holiday trees were the Tavares Palm and Mount Dora Poinsettia garden clubs.
Along with the Tavares club, the Mount Dora Oleander Garden Club and the Eustis Magnolia Garden Club are eager to unseat the three-time champion of the festival, the Mount Dora Poinsettia Garden Club.
The true test will come Tuesday when the Board of Lake County Commissioners cast their votes for this year’s best.
In addition to the trees, the Umatilla Garden Club, Woman’s Club of Umatilla, The Red Hat Society Bodacious Belles of Howey-in-the-Hills and the Mount Dora Hibiscus Garden Club have entered holiday centerpieces and wreaths for the competition.
The winners of the Festival of Trees will be announced Friday, Dec. 10, at 2 p.m. during an opening reception at the Lake County Historical Museum, 317 W. Main St., Tavares.
“This event brings people to the museum that maybe would not come otherwise,” said Dr. Diane Kamp, director of Lake County museums. “It gives us more exposure, but it also involves the community in the museum.”
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