Trees Along the Trail raises money for local nonprofits
GERING — Trees Along the Trail is returning once again to the Legacy of the Plains Museum to dazzle visitors with the ingenuity of local nonprofits.
Trees Along the Trail is a partnership between local organizations and the Legacy of the Plains Museum to raise money through friendly competition. Many of the decorated trees reflect work within each group’s mission.
Museum Director Amanda Gibbs said there are creative and interesting trees each year and she looks forward to the entries.
“Trees Along the Trail benefits area nonprofits,” she said.
Trees will be on display in the museum’s lobby as well as in the temporary exhibit hall.
Organizations decorate a Christmas tree however they want and local residents can vote on which is the best. Each vote costs $1. The amount raised is split evenly between the organization and the museum. The top three winners will receive additional prize money.
Past trees have included a tumbleweed tree, a Betty Boop tree and a white tree decorated to represent Mexico and its culture. Organizations brainstorm with each other before decorating their creative displays.
Prizes are awarded to the trees with the most votes. First place will receive $100. Second place receives $50 and third place receives $25.
The museum can easily accommodate 30 trees. Those who enter are given numbers on a first-come, first-served basis. Gibbs recommends that groups who plan to participate should call the museum early to reserve their number before space fills up.
Trees Along the Trail began in 2003 at the North Platte Valley Museum as a festive fundraiser for the museum. It became a signature event at Legacy of the Plains after the merger of the North Platte Valley Museum and the Farm and Ranch Museum.
Tree setup begins Friday, Nov. 23, and continues until 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30. For more information or to sign up, call the museum at 308-436-1989.