All three floors of the Grant County Courthouse are brimming with holiday cheer and filled with 19 beautifully decorated Christmas trees. The courthouse staff hosts its holiday open house on Saturday, December 9, from 5 to 7 p.m. in conjunction with the Milbank Area Chamber of Commerce Winter Wonderland Lighted Parade. The celebration marks the 26th Annual Festival of Trees and features refreshments and special music.
New this year, is the People’s Choice judging. The top three trees receive prizes. Voting is now open and concludes January 2. Voting slips are available on the first floor.
Organizations in Grant County decorate and display the trees. Represented this year are: Betty’s Fireworks, Big Stone American Legion Auxiliary, Catholic Daughters, Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Grant County Community Health, Grant County Library, It Only Takes a Spark, Junior Busy Bees 4-H Club, Kountry Kids 4-H Club, Milbank American Legion Auxiliary, Milbank Area Retired Teachers Association, Milbank Girl Scouts, Milbank Kiwanis, Milbank Pink Ladies Dart League, Northern Lights 4-H Club, Stockholm and Strandburg American Legion Auxiliary, Toastmasters Club, VFW Auxiliary, and Young Explorers 4-H Club.
“The Festival of Trees is for community organizations to showcase the opportunities they provide and/or collect items for local charities,” says Sara Koepke, Grant County 4-H Youth Program Advisor and Festival of Trees coordinator. Organizations collecting donations for local, county, state, and nation-wide assistance are:
Emmanuel Lutheran Church – socks
Junior Busy Bees 4-H Club – school supplies
Kountry Kids 4-H Club – towels, washcloths, soap bars, toothbrushes, combs, deodorant sticks, band-aids
Northern Lights 4-H Club – baby rattles, pacifiers, books, Hot Wheels, Matchbox Cars, bubbles, sports caps, journals, gift
cards, disposable cameras, and playdoh.
Stockholm & Strandburg American Legion Auxiliary – socks
Young Explorers 4-H Club – food pantry items