Festival of Trees returns Dec. 6
The 10th annual Festival of Trees will open at 9 a.m. Dec. 6, at the Johnston Medical Mall, 514 N. Bright Leaf Blvd., Smithfield.
The annual event will run through Dec. 14. This years theme is A Merry Christmas to All.
The festival is a display of 55 live Christmas trees sponsored by businesses and decorated by individuals and groups. Performances by school and church choirs, soloists and other musical and dance groups take place throughout the festival. Admission is free.
The festival is a project of Keep Johnston County Beautiful. At noon on Saturday, Dec. 14, Keep Johnston Beautiful will raffle a Christmas tree decorated by Smithfield City Florist. Raffle tickets, at $1 each, will be available from greeters at the festival.
A cookie-baking contest will take place at 6 p.m. Dec. 9. Volunteer judges will name the best-tasting cookie and best-decorated cookie in divisions for adults and children. Winners will receive cash prizes. The entry form is available on the Festival of Trees website, jcfestivaloftrees.com. The deadline to enter is Nov. 25.
The festival will also collect nonperishable foods for local pantries.
A holiday bazaar is scheduled from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 16, at Centenary United Methodist Church, 140 E. Market St., Smithfield. The bazaar will offer crafts, casseroles, baked goods, shopping, pecans and more.
A live nativity is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. Dec. 6-7 and 5-7 p.m. Dec. 8 at Smithfield Advent Christian Church, 277 N.C. 210, Smithfield. A hayride will take visitors through the scene, and the church will serve refreshments. For more information, call 919-934-9955.
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