The top prize in the 24th annual Festival of Christmas trees at the Grant County Courthouse was awarded to the Grant County Library. The theme of the winning tree was “There’s Snow Better Time to Read” which featured handcrafted book page ornaments.
The Big Stone American Legion was second place with the theme “Lip Balms and Chap Sticks for Military Service People.” There was a tie for third place between three different groups including Northern Lights 4-H Club “Head, Heart, Hands and Health”, Madison Jr. Livestock 4-H Club “The Power of a Wish” and the Catholic Daughters “Angels Among Us … Just Friends We Haven’t Met”.
Additional groups participating this year were Teens Against Tobacco Use (TATU), Milbank Girl Scouts, Milbank Lions Club, Milbank VFW Auxiliary, Milbank American Legion Auxiliary, Milbank Kiwanis Club, Kountry Kids 4-H Club, Milbank Toastmasters, Young Explorers 4-H Club, Grant County Community Health, Junior Busy Bees 4-H Club and the Veteran Services Office.
“The 17 beautifully displayed tree will remain set up in the Grant County Courthouse until January 4,” noted Sara Koepke, Grant County 4-H Youth Program Advisor. “Donations for the various organizations will also be accepted until Thursday, December 31.”
The trees were judged and cash awards given as sponsored by the Grant County Commissioners. The commissioners and courthouse staff would like to say a big thank you to every group that participated in this year’s Festival of Trees and to the volunteer judges.