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Tales from the Tread: 22nd annual Festival of Trees

Candice Bannister/For Steamboat Today

Four-year-old Leah Bannister checks out the decorations on one of the many trees inside the Tread of Pioneers Museum while her mom, Candice Bannister, executive director at the museum, takes care of last-minute details for the 2015 Festival of Trees.

— Don't miss the 22nd annual Festival of Trees from Nov. 12 to 21 at the Tread of Pioneers Museum. Yampa Valley Bank and Steamboat Ace Hardware are once again showing their devotion to the museum and our heritage by generously underwriting all of the costs for this fundraising event.

"Yampa Valley Bank is excited to share the presenting sponsorship of the Festival of Trees with Steamboat Ace Hardware for the 12th consecutive year," said PJ Wharton, president

and CEO of Yampa Valley Bank. "The Tread of Pioneers Museum is vital to the Yampa Valley's historical preservation and education. The Festival of Trees is a magical kick-off to the Christmas season, and we are proud to be a part of this Steamboat tradition."

This family-focused, pre-holiday tradition transforms the museum into a sparkling forest of holiday trees uniquely decorated by creative local organizations such as Yampatika, the U.S. Forest Service, Soda Creek Elementary's second grade and kindergarten classes, the Ladies Recreation Club and more. The festival is the museum's primary fundraising event and proceeds support museum preservation and educational activities.

This year, we are thrilled to have 21 sponsoring businesses and 21 decorator groups. We would like to thank all of the decorators and local business sponsors who make this event possible. These 42 groups, along with the museum's volunteer corps, make this a true community event.

Festival of Trees offers something for everyone. The festival is a great opportunity for families to take their holiday photos in the trees for Christmas cards or to send to the grandparents. While you're here, vote for your favorite tree, go on the Scavenger Hunt in the Trees by using historical clues to find the hidden treasures in the trees and enter win a fully decorated holiday tree and other prizes in our drawing.

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All local families are invited to Pioneer Christmas Story-time for Kids at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19. We will host all local area senior citizens for cookies, cider and live music provided by the Emerald Mountain School musicians at the Senior Tea at 2 and 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17.

You can also get your holiday shopping done early in the one-of-a-kind Museum Store where you'll find locally-made products, historical photographs, books and toys that will delight everyone on your holiday shopping list.

With the generosity of our sponsors, all Festival of Trees events are free to all Routt County residents. Don't miss the light and magic of the Festival of Trees.

Candice Banister is executive director of the Tread of Pioneers Museum in Steamboat Springs.

If you go:

What: Tread of Pioneers Museum’s Festival of Trees

When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, Nov. 12 to 21

Free for Routt County residents

Visit treadofpioneers.org or call 970-879-2214 for more information.

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