Festival of Trees Starts Next Friday in Toccoa

Even though Thanksgiving is still a day away, the city of Toccoa is already planning for one of its major Christmas events coming up soon.

The city of Toccoa’s 2012 Festival of Trees gets underway next Friday, November 30.

Main Street Toccoa Events Coordinator Sharon Crosby said the festival is a great way for local businesses and civic groups to help their favorite non-profit organization, while getting into the holiday spirit at the same time.

“This is an event where we have different businesses in town to decorate a tree and people can come in and vote for their favorite tree,” said Crosby.

Each vote cost $1 and that dollar goes to the charity for that particular tree.

“We also have a grand prize winner who will get $500 for that charity,” said Crosby.

Participants must provide a decorated tree, with lights, that will go on display in the historic Stephens County Courthouse starting on Friday, November 30.

Crosby said however, this year, the trees will remain up longer than just one or two days.

“They will stay there at the courthouse through December 7, so that throughout the week, if people would like to come and see the display, they can do so between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. while the courthouse is open,” explained Crosby.

For more information or an application to participate in the Festival of Trees, call the Main Street Toccoa office at 706-282-3309 or go online to www.mainstreettoccoa.com.