Tour of Trees has another successful year

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

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There were 20 tree entries Dec. 7 at the Christmas tree festival at the 4-H building in De Smet.  The number of entries was down by five from last year, but attendance was comparable to previous years.


The De Smet Chamber of Commerce and the city of De Smet sponsor the annual event.


This year’s theme was “Angels Among Us.”


In keeping with the theme, assorted angel collections were also displayed, and holiday artwork by Laura Ingalls Wilder Elementary School Students decorated the walls.


The public had a chance to vote on their favorite trees in each of three categories.


Winners in the most beautiful category were Bau Plumbing and Heating, first place, and the Kingsbury Conservation District, second place; most creative, Kingsbury Electric, first place, and the American Lutheran Church quilters, second place. Winning trees that best depicted the theme were Avera De Smet Memorial Hospital, first place, and De Smet Farm Mutual Insurance Company, second place.


Twenty-two gift baskets were donated by businesses and organizations to be raffled.  Half of the money raised in the raffle will help support this event next year and half was donated to the Kingsbury County Food Pantry.


Santa Claus visited with area children and posed for holiday photos.


The De Smet Community Women’s annual cookie-walk was reported to be successful, with nearly a total sellout on baked goods.


The Outlaw Gang held a soup and sandwich meal to raise money to help local cancer patients, and also nearly sold out.


“All in all, we had a very good day,” Cindy Bau, coordinator of the festival said. “The weather was good, and that helps.”

Bau said she 

would like to see more trees entered next year.


Donna Palmlund

Staff Writer

The De Smet News

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