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Forks announces Festival of Trees winners

Posted: Tuesday, December 4, 2012

The Historic Forks of the Wabash held the annual Festival of Trees on December 1 and 2. Breakfast with Santa by the Kiwanis Club also took place on the morning of December 1, and Fork’s representatives estimate that approximately 350 people and children were in attendance. Four wreaths and 24 trees were entered in the Festival of Trees.

Those entering wreaths for the annual contest included Bippus State Bank, which placed first according to the ticket count, and the wreath was won by Beth Blocker. A wreath by Nadine Piedmont placed second in the contest and was won by Angie Bowman. First Federal Savings Bank sponsored a wreath made by Mary Tobin and was won by Janice Smith. Karen Santos won a wreath decorated by Evelyn Priddy from the Huntington University Education Department.

The Festival of Trees had two categories for 2012: Business and Not-for-Profit. The winner in the Business category was a tree decorated by Tam-a-sak – “A Very Merry Christmas” which was won by Madalyn Zinsmeister. Second place went to Pirates Cove Marina – “We ‘Fish’ You a Merry Christmas,” won by Bob Swan and third place went to Huntington Nursery & Florist – “An Old Fashioned Christmas,” won by Amy Wall.

Winners in the Not-for-Profit category were first place, Huntington University Professional Programs – “EXCEL in Christmas Giving,” won by Larry Taylor. Second place in this category went to Hatpin Has Beens – “Let It Snow!, sponsored by Gib Young State Farm Insurance, and won by Courtney Wiegmann. The Huntington County Visitors Bureau – “Her Very Own Christmas” placed third and the tree was won by Marieh Goetz.

The remaining Christmas Trees in the contest were entered by Beacon Credit Union, won by Elise Neher; Bippus State Bank, won by Lisa Peare; Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County, sponsored by Owens North, won by Glenda Giggy; Harrell & Sons Roofing and Construction, won by Carson Rody; Huntington County Habitat for Humanity / ReStore, sponsored by Transwheel Corp., won by Midge Decker; Huntington County Retired Teachers’ Association, won by Mary Sell; Huntington Schools Federal Credit Union – Beth, Bernie, Denice and Jennifer, won by Sara Brown; Kilsoquah Hands of Friendship, tree donated by Deal-Rice Funeral Home, won by Denise Bushee and Lake City Bank, won by Becky Holmes.

Additional groups entering trees and the winners include the Master Gardener Program, won by Rose Meldrum; Millers Merry Manor, won by Debra Butts; Norwood Health and Rehabilitation Center, won by Betty Burnworth; Psi Iota Xi Sorority, won by Anna Schroeder; Parkview Family YMCA, won by Cheree Mason; St. Peter Lutheran Quilters, sponsored by Juergens Do-It Center, won by Bev Morgan; Jim Scheiber, Edward Jones Investments, won by Lois Swain; Town & Country Flowers, Gifts and Interiors, sponsored by Bailey-Love Mortuary, won by Shelly Francka and Viking New Tech, sponsored by First Federal Savings Bank, won by Shannon Doust.

Winners have been notified by the Historic Forks of the Wabash and trees may be picked up during regular business hours at the Forks.

Shown in the photo are trees decorated by Parkview Family YMCA at left, and Jim Scheiber, Edward Jones at right.