The Lung Association kicked off its 21st Annual Festival of Trees fundraiser at the Machine Shop Thursday evening.
This year, 95 businesses entered trees, making this a record-breaking year, Lung Association Special Events Coordinator Nikki Bouchard told SaultOnline on Friday afternoon.
New this year is the After Dark event Friday evening, sponsored by the OLG, which features live music from Steeltown Playboys and specialty drinks, as well as a sensory zone upstairs, provided by EarlyON Child and Family Centre.
“The community is always amazing,” Bouchard said of the continuous turnout for this event.
“They are so supportive… It’s great for everybody, it’s great for all ages, and it’s the kickoff to (the holidays).”
She said she thinks it’s “amazing to have such support from our small community.”
“I think that’s one thing that this city really has, is that everybody’s so close, everybody’s so tight, everybody supports one another, and I think that it’s amazing to see so many businesses partner together to create what they believe is their Christmas spirit…I think it’s such a wonderful event and everyone should be a part of it,” she said.
Admission is $15 per family, $6 per adult, $3 for seniors/youth and $2 per child. All proceeds raised go to the local Lung Association. The event runs until Sun., Nov. 7 at 4 p.m.