Festival of Trees dazzles, delights with works of art

Published 12:00 am Sunday, November 23, 2003

ASHLAND, Ky. - The Paramount Arts Center in Ashland is a grand old building. But this time of year, it positively glitters from its entrance all the way to the stage.

The 19th annual Festival of Trees opened to the public Saturday and continues through Nov. 30. Lawrence County schools have submitted several entries.

Festival of Trees Chairperson Sally John said

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more than 150 displays were entered this year. The displays include a tree that is upside down, two that spit fake snow and one that rotates. Thirty entries were submitted by local schools. Ironton Middle School has a tree, Dawson-Bryant High School has three gingerbread house entries and Rock Hill High School also entered a gingerbread house.

This year, the festival has added a fudge shop in the lobby.

In addition to trees, entries include gingerbread houses and decorated doors. Trees, houses and doors will be given first-, second- and third-place prizes in community, professional and three school categories: preschool/kindergarten, primary and middle/high school. Those who attend will choose

"Best of Show."

"What ceases to amaze me is how people keep coming up with new ideas," John said as she walked among the rows of trees. "Nineteen years and I'm still in awe. Every year, people say the same thing. They say 'this is the best year ever.'"