Museum holds annual Festival of Trees show

A close up of a christmas tree

Idabel, OK (November 1, 2017)—The Museum of the Red River invites local businesses and civic organizations to celebrate Christmas and community involvement with Festival of Trees show. The festival will be open to the public November 27th to December 31st. Local schools, civic groups, businesses and other organizations can help turn the Museum into a winter wonderland by submitting their own tree to the festival. Entries will be accepted between November 20th and December 8th. Submissions will be judged on their creativity, aesthetics, and how well they represent their organization.

Contestants may submit a tree into one of the following categories—businesses, civic groups, schools, and professional decorators. Please note, the Festival of Trees will be on display in the Museum’s Jack Bell Hall. Therefore, each submission must adhere to the following rules:

  • Trees must be artificial and devoid of any “edible” or “living” decorations
  • Trees must be “family-friendly”
  • Trees must be under 8 feet tall
  • Trees may not use artificial snow or glitter

Contestants must submit a form with their tree. You can get a form in the Museum Store or by clicking here. Winners will receive recognition on a permanent plaque in the Museum and, most importantly, bragging rights. All trees must be taken down January 2nd through January 6th, during normal business hours.

The festival is an annual celebration of community involvement and Christmas. Christina Eastep, Acting Head of Programs, said, “our goal is to highlight the wonderful organizations and businesses that serve McCurtain County.” Local organizations are also key to the Museum’s continued success. Their support allows the Museum to provide free admission and educational programming at little to no cost to the public.


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