As the Covid-19 landscape continues to chip away at cherished traditions, The Augusta Area Chamber of Commerce has altered their annual Festival of Trees fundraiser. While in the past, local businesses and generous citizens would decorate Christmas trees whimsically, hilariously and beautifully, this year that part remains the same, but the passing of the branches and Christmas tree stars has changed.
Sandi White, Chamber Secretary, worked closely with the Lewis and Clark Health Department and their rigorous application process and the historical live auction festival was approved, but after the monthly meeting, some members expressed concern over public safety due to the increase in Covid-19 cases statewide.
In the interest of safety, the Chamber chose to offer trees to the public in a different format. For 2020, some businesses will display their trees inside their own businesses and offer silent bids on trees.
On December 5th, at 4:00 the town tree will be lit, then supporters can stroll down to forge, at 206 Main Street, for the live announcement of bidders/winners and a small live auction of other special trees displayed at forge throughout the week.
Augusta Chamber of Commerce President Tammy Dellwo says, “Come support our town. ”A majority of the proceeds to benefit a funding for the track at The Augusta School.