The Festival of Trees brings joy to the county

The halls are decked and the trees are decorated for YWCA of Sweetwater County's annual Festival of Trees.

The yearly fundraiser, which includes the auction of holiday decor and fully decorated Christmas trees, is back this year with an in-person event next week after having to be conducted mostly virtually in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"It was very weird," YWCA Executive Director Melinda Baas said, thinking back to last year's online festival. "This was the event we missed. We missed the in-person gathering. . .it was one of our more fun events, because it ends in a big party."

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