FARMINGTON – The eighth annual Farmington Rotary Club’s Festival of the Trees is Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Granary Restaurant on Pleasant Street in conjunction with Chester Greenwood Day.

Seventeen 10-foot-tall balsam fir trees, donated by Joanne and Walter Gooley, owners of Conifers Unlimited in Farmington, will be decorated with ornaments by area organizations and businesses and will be on display from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Granary is donating its reception room for the event.

At 5 p.m., a public reception will be held with free refreshments and at 6 p.m., Master of Ceremonies Kent Wiles will kick off the auction that features auctioneer Adrian Harris of New Sharon. The trees, evergreen “kissing balls,” wreaths and special items, including a Red Sox chair, surprise tickets to an event, two tabletop trees and a chair from W.A. Mitchell Chairmakers of Temple will go to the highest bidders.

All trees will be bagged and delivered by Rotarians Sunday. Absentee bids will be accepted.

A silent auction will go on all day with items including a chocolate fountain for a party and admission to a new skeet shooting park in Salem.

Raffle tickets will also be sold for a giant stuffed black bear on display this week at Save-A-Lot on Wilton Road as well as $5 tickets to the Rotary’s $2,000 Vacation of Your Choice through Farmington Travel. Second prize is $500 and third prize, a Mossberg shotgun or cash equivalent. The drawings will be Saturday.


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