FESTIVAL OF TREES
St Apollonia Dental Clinic’s one major annual fundraiser is the Festival of Trees event held each December since 2014. The event has become a highlight of the holiday season for many in Aroostook County. It has been held on the same weekend as the Central Aroostook Chamber of Commerce Holiday Light Parade which occurs on the first Saturday of December. In 2020, the dates are December 4th – 6th.
Festival of Trees 2020 has become a virtual event due to the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic. Although it will be a different activity this year, we hope you will enjoy viewing these fabulous tree displays from the comfort of your home, and we still look forward to handing over trees and gifts to the lucky winners. Ticket sales will occur over the phone with the tree raffle taking place on Facebook Live.
For Tree Sponsors, we are including a ‘How It Works’ section below, but please understand this year there will be different accommodations. The committee hopes to resume to a normal ‘in person’ Festival in 2021.
FOR NEW TREE SPONSORS or if you have not been receiving the group emails: Please use this form to stay in touch with our Project Chair. You will be added to our email list and receive information and updates provided to our sponsors.
How it Works
Businesses, individuals and organizations donate fully decorated artificial trees and gifts that will be displayed throughout the event. The public is invited to come and enjoy this extravaganza of trees and may purchase inexpensive raffle tickets to deposit in boxes by their favorite trees. All trees and any associated gifts will be raffled off to lucky winners at the end of the event.
The name of your business or organization will be prominently displayed with your tree all weekend, and it may be included in advertising flyers promoting the event.
Food and beverages will be available for sale throughout the event. Our Gingerbread Cafe will be open as well as a Bake Sale featuring homemade baked items.
The Festival of Trees will take place at Northern Maine Community College Gymnasium in Presque Isle, the first weekend in December. Tree sponsors will be setting up trees on Thursday, prior to the event opening on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
All trees must be artificial. We suggest floor trees 5 ft – 7 ft tall. A good solid stand is necessary for the best stability. Items placed at the base of the tree will be considered part of the tree and will be given away. We will provide a ticket box for your tree, and a sign will be placed by the tree with your name prominently displayed. Please be specific as to how you want your company or group name to be displayed.
We reserve the right to add floor decorations where we can fit them in to develop the Winter Wonderland theme.
For more information, email Sherry (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Norma (email@example.com). You may also visit the Facebook event page: St Apollonia Festival of Trees. All proceeds benefit the St Apollonia Pediatric Dentistry, a nonprofit 501c3 organization.