The Grant County Courthouse was the site of the 25th Annual Festival of Christmas Trees. Northern Lights 4-H Club won the top prize this year with the theme “Head To Toe.” They collected warm hats, gloves, mittens, scarves, and socks to keep others warm from “Head To Toe.” All items will be donated to Heather Rise at Interlakes Community Action Partnership in Milbank. Second place was awarded to the Milbank Area Retired Teachers Association (MARTA) and third place went to the Big Stone American Legion Auxiliary.
“The trees bring cheer to the courthouse,” stated Sara Koepke Grant County 4-H Youth Program Advisor and organizer of the event. Trees were evaluated on the criteria: theme of the tree, attention getting ability, coordination of decorations, creativity and color, holiday and community spirit, organization signage, overall appearance, and adherence to the guidelines. Cash awards were provided by the Grant County Commissioners.
Seventeen trees will remain on display at the courthouse through January 6. Additional groups participating were: Milbank American Legion Auxiliary, Milbank Kiwanis, Milbank Lions Club, Strandburg American Legion Auxiliary, Toastmasters Club, the Young Explorers 4-H Club, Golden Living Center, Grant County Community Health, Grant County Library, It Only Takes A Spark, Junior Busy Bees 4-H Club, Kountry Kids 4-H Club, and Madison Jr. Livestock 4-H Club.