Festival of Trees Wraps Up Sunday, Successful Turn-Out

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- If Topekans weren't in the holiday spirit yet, we bet more than 60 uniquely decorated Christmas trees and wreaths would do the trick.

The 35th annual Festival of Trees wrapped up its last day in the Ag Hall of the Kansas Expocentre, hosted by Sheltered Living.

Local businesses, organizations, artists and designers donated the holiday decorations. These trees ranged from classic looks, to bright neons, to an Elvis-lover's dream.

Tree sales ended Sunday, finishing with a silent auction.

Santa came in on his sleigh to take pictures with kids and wish everyone a happy holiday.

People also enjoyed crafts, games and a plethora of delicious baked goods and winter trinkets.

Organizers of the event said more than 6,000 people came through in three days, marking a successful turn-out.

John Ratzenberger, Vice President of Development for Sheltered Living, said volunteers have worked extremely long hours to make the event a success.

"It's been a great year. The weather might be really nice outside, but we still get people coming in with a great Christmas and holiday spirit to come check out these beautiful trees that we have," Ratzenberger said. "We're really proud of that this year, that the community's coming out to support us. It's just beautiful. Every year you get wowed by what some people think of and how creative they are."

The Festival of Trees benefits Sheltered Living, an organization that provides support and services to kids and adults with intellectual disabilities in Topeka.


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