freckle farm festival

Kylie Murdock decorates a tree at Freckle Farm on Monday in Hyde Park.

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Christmas trees decorated by Cache Valley businesses will be on display at Freckle Farm from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday as part of the nursery’s third annual tree festival.

The decorated trees will be auctioned off Thursday evening to benefit The Family Place. Friday night the free open house will feature refreshments, music, craft projects and Santa Claus.

“Community members can come and just walk through the trees and see the fun decorations and have a treat,” said Michelle Hyde, the volunteer coordinator and therapy assistant at The Family Place. “It’s a fun family event.”

Freckle Farms Store Manager Lisa Gramse said all of the businesses who sponsor trees select a different theme so no two trees are alike.

According to Gramse, the decorations range from elegant to whimsical.

“Last year one of my favorites, we had a gingerbread-style one,” Gramse said. “It was really well done, really pretty.”

During the festival, event attendees will be able to vote on their favorite tree. Awards will be given for the most popular tree and for the tree that is auctioned for the highest price.

The auction Thursday is a ticketed event at 7 p.m. for those who would like to bid on trees.

Tickets are $7 and can be bought prior to the event at frecklefarminc.com or at the door. All proceeds from ticket and tree sales go The Family Place.

Many of the trees purchased annually in the auction are displayed at valley businesses, Hyde said, but some are donated to families The Family Place serves.

According to Hyde, one of the women who received a tree remembered having a tree as a child but never could afford one for her kids.

“Because of this donation, her kids were able to have their very first Christmas tree,” Hyde said. “Just seeing how excited they were made her more excited.”

Hyde said the tree festival supports the mission of The Family Place not only through the monetary donation but by providing local families something fun to do together.

“Our goal is to build stronger families,” Hyde said. “So this fun, free event means more families can go and just not have to worry about anything, and it gives them a place to be together as a family.”

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