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For immediate release - October 18, 2005

Museum accepts entries for the Annual Festival of Trees

TAVARES — The Lake County Historical Museum is beginning to accept holiday decorating requests for the Sixth Annual Festival of Trees.

Each year, the museum hosts the holiday decorating contest by supplying bare, six-foot Christmas trees for local groups to adorn with ornaments. The deadline for groups to request a spot in the contest is Monday, Nov. 21. There is no fee for participants.

Groups can reserve a tree for the festival by sending in the name of the group, contact person, phone number and address to Dr. Diane Kamp, Director of Lake County museums. To submit information, call (352) 343-9600, e-mail dkamp@co.lake.fl.us or mail Dr. Diane Kamp at 317 W. Main St., Tavares FL 32778.

“By participating in the Festival of Trees, it makes your group a part of the whole Lake County community for the celebration of the holiday season,” Kamp said.

Last year, six local groups decorated holiday trees for the contest. Other groups, such as 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, entered holiday centerpieces and wreaths for the competition. Groups may enter as many categories as they wish.

“We had a good festival last year, but I am hoping for a bigger and better contest this year,” Kamp said.

Rules for the contest are no lit candles and no electric lights, however, battery-operated lights are acceptable. A trophy is awarded for “best of show” in each category — holiday tree, wreath and centerpiece. Other honors, such as “most creative,” “best use of natural materials,” and “most traditional,” are awarded ribbons.

For more information about the museum, call Kamp at (352) 343-9600. There is always something new to see and do at the Lake County Historical Museum, located at 317 W. Main St., Tavares.


Contact information:
Christopher Patton
Communications Coordinator
Office: (352) 343-9609; Cell: (352) 455-0445

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