FARMINGTON – This year’s Festival of Trees, held on Chester Greenwood Day, Dec. 6, by the Farmington Rotary Club, was a huge success, with the money raised by the auction of the decorated trees and other items going to help local charities.

“This was a great success in spite of the snowstorm that night. We netted $7,500 compared to the $4,200 last year, and it was all thanks to the tremendous community support,” said Rotary spokeswoman Joyce King of C.J. Appliances.

The 15 trees in cast-iron stands were provided by Walter Gooley, then decorated at the Granary Restaurant by area businesses and nonprofit organizations. There was an open house all day that was well attended as the snow began to fall.

New Sharon auctioneer Adrian Harris began the bidding at 6 p.m. The highest bid was $1,100 for the Victorian Christmas tree covered with handmade ornaments crafted by residents at the Pierce House in Farmington.

The tree decorated by the Farmington-Wilton Chamber of Commerce went for $680 and the one adorned by Upcountry Artists went for $600. Other items auctioned included a moose safari with Maine guide Roger Lambert, a year’s worth of chocolate from Mountainview Chocolates in Farmington and wreaths. There was also a silent auction.

A giant stuffed bear, purchased for a raffle with the help of Mickey’s Hallmark in Farmington, was won by Robert Wallack.

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