By Natalie Conrad
Herald Staff Report
FULTON, Ill. —
More than 30 mini trees will be featured at a new tree auction at Fulton’s downtown Christmas Walk on Friday.
There is a preview of five trees in the Masonic Lodge window. There will be a total of 32 trees on display at the Masonic Lodge during the walk from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Patti Housenga, of Community State Bank and vice president of the Fulton Chamber of Commerce, came up with the idea for the event this year to add something to the annual event.
“I really missed the Festival of Trees at Eagle Point Park, so we wanted to do something like that, but not quite at that scale,” Housenga said.
The trees will be part of a silent auction with proceeds benefiting the Fulton Food Pantry and the Children’s Christmas Fund through the Fulton Kiwanis Club. During the night of the Christmas Walk, bidders may register for a bid number at the Masonic Lodge. All trees will have a starting bid of $30. Bidding will end at 7:15 p.m. with winners announced at 7:30 p.m.
Winning bidders may take their trees home with them that night. A large bag will be provided for each tree.
“I really hope it’s successful,” Housenga said. “If we have any trees left over they will be donated to local nursing homes.”
Housenga and Fulton Chamber Executive Director Heather Bennett have been busy preparing the mini festival of trees.
The Fulton Chamber of Commerce sold 3-foot artificial trees for Chamber members to decorate and donate to the Christmas Walk.
For a listing of activities during the walk, visit www.cityoffulton.us.