2nd Annual International Festival of Trees

The 2nd Annual International Festival of Trees was held at WCCC this past weekend. Trees were donated and created by local businesses. Sunrise Eyecare had a huge camping-themed tree in the corner of the gym. Winners would get everything around the tree and the tree unless otherwise specified.

By Kaileigh Deacon

For three days the Washington County Community College was home to the 2nd Annual International Festival of Trees. The event, which took place last year at the Knights of Columbus Hall, is becoming a regular Calais Christmas tradition. 

The event encourages local business owners and companies to decorate a Christmas tree with items that the ticket holders can win, including the tree. Sometimes the businesses decorate the tree with items that are related to their business, sometimes it’s just a holiday theme with gifts, or it’s just a random selection of items. Each tree is unique and offers something for everyone who attends the festival and buys tickets. 

While many of the trees this year were actual artificial trees decorated with various items and decorations, some were creations all unto themselves. The tree entered by the Olde Boston Shoe Store was actually an old wooden ladder re-purposed and decorated like a Christmas Tree. The First National Bank had a collection of small wooden trees both of which were unique pieces to the festival. 

Attendees could purchase tickets to place in the bucket of the trees they wanted for 50 cents a piece. Each tree was designed and put together with time and care, and the people attending the festival took notice. Many attendees made multiple laps around the gym to admire the trees before deciding where to place their tickets. 


This year’s event housed 34 trees in the WCCC gymnasium, nearly doubling the number of trees from last year’s nineteen. The Anah Shriners hope to continue to make this event bigger and better every year and to create a new tradition for families in the Calais area.