FHN Community Festival of Trees Accepting Entries Through Nov. 15

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FREEPORT (WIFR) -- Entries are now being accepted for the 2013 Community Festival of Trees, part of FHN’s Festival of Trees held each year at the Freeport Public Library. Completed entry forms are due by Friday, Nov. 15.

This year’s FHN Festival of Trees theme is Beyond Words – Actions Can Speak Louder Than Words. This festive event features beautiful trees decorated by local groups, all of which are eligible for cash awards: First, second and third-place People’s Choice Awards and first, second and third-place selections from a formal judging committee. First place awards are $500; the judges’ second place receives $300 (People’s Choice second place will receive $200) and the judges’ third place choice will receive $150 (People’s Choice third place will receive $100).

Organizations have treated the public to many unique and beautiful trees in the past, including last year’s winners Roaring With Kindness from Open Bible Learning Center, the People’s Choice Award winner; From Our Dogs to Their Dogs: A War Dog Tribute from Therapy Dogs International – Freeport, the judges’ first-place winner; All I Want for Christmas is … My Two Favorite Books! from Lincoln-Douglas Elementary School, the People’s Choice second place winner; Not a Hand Out, But a Hand Up by Habitat for Humanity, the judges’ second place winner and No Act of Kindness is Ever Wasted from the Stephenson County Association for Home and Community Education, the judges’ third-place winner. No One Has to Walk Alone from the Newell Rubbermaid Relay for Life team received the People’s Choice third place award.

FHN will furnish the trees for the event, which will be displayed throughout the library from Sunday Dec. 8 through Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. All trees will be approximately six feet tall and will be available for decoration on Monday, Dec. 2 from 3 to 7 p.m. or Saturday, Dec. 7 from noon to 4 p.m. Entries will be accepted from schools, churches, service organizations, clubs and other officially organized not-for-profit groups; people may not enter as individuals. Judging for the prizes other than People’s Choice will be done by a panel of local judges.