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2012 Community Festival of Trees Now Accepting Entries


Entries are now being accepted for the 2012 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. 16.

This year's FHN Festival of Trees theme is taken from Aesop's The Lion and the Mouse – No act of kindness, however, small, is ever wasted.

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 Illinois Pride... County Wide from Lincoln Douglas Elementary School, the People's Choice Award winner; Jingle All the Way to Several Counties in a Day Picking Up Friends in Our Homemade Sleigh We All Participate in a Holiday Play from Willow Glen Academy of Illinois, the judges' first-place winner; Jingle All The Way to the Finish from the YMCA Bluefins, the People's Choice second place winner; Making Spirits Bright by Happy Hatters (Red Hat Club), the judges' second place winner and The Jingle of Dog Tags Bring Warm Cheer! from Therapy Dogs International-Freeport, the judges' third-place winner. Jingle All the Way to Recovery from Sojourn House 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. 2 through Friday, Dec. 28. All trees will be approximately six feet tall and will be available for decoration on Monday, Nov. 26 from 3 to 7 p.m. or Saturday, Dec. 1 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.

Entry forms can be downloaded at or requested by emailing ( or calling Autumn Kubatzke at (815) 232-2121 ext. 236. Completed entry forms are due by Friday, Nov. 16. No late registrations will be accepted.