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Alaine and Jackson Purdum meet Santa at the 2016 Festival of Trees and Wreaths Kids’ Day.
December 14, 2016 : Ohio University Proctorville Center hosts second annual Festival of Trees and Wreaths
The Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce held the second annual Festival of Trees and Wreaths Nov. 22-26 at the Ohio University Proctorville Center. This community event raised money for college scholarships to benefit area students.
 
Local businesses and individuals decorated 30 full-size trees and third-graders from area schools decorated seven smaller trees for the event. Additionally, 12 wreaths were donated. The festival – an entirely volunteer effort – was a success again this year.

Alaine and Jackson Purdum meet Santa at the 2016 Festival of Trees and Wreaths Kids’ Day.
Alaine and Jackson Purdum meet Santa at the 2016 Festival of Trees and Wreaths Kids’ Day.

 
Director of the Proctorville Center Stephanie Burcham said, “It was a pleasure hosting the Lawrence County Festival of Trees again this year. The trees and wreaths were incredible and the Center has never looked so beautiful.”
 
Burcham also said that she appreciated the sense of community that an event such as this creates. “Having an opportunity to interact with the designers, performers and guests was wonderful. It reminds me of the special community we live in and makes me proud of efforts such as this where the funds benefit others,” she said.
 
Alaine Purdum, wife of Proctorville Center student services specialist Corbin Purdum, brought their son Jackson to the Kids’ Day event to meet Santa. “Jackson wasn’t a big fan of sitting on Santa’s lap this year, but he loved eating pancakes with Mrs. Claus,” Purdum said.
 
All of the trees and wreaths were sold during the event, and volunteers served nearly 150 children during the Breakfast with Santa. Children were also invited to play games and to make holiday crafts during Kids’ Day.