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Southwest Virginia Museum announces 2018 Festival of Trees winners

Submitted by Aaron Davis • Jan 21, 2019 at 4:30 PM

The Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park has announced the winners of its 23rd Annual Festival of Trees. Winners are selected based on votes received from attendees during the Festival of Trees, held Nov. 11-Dec. 31 this year.

The winning tree was “The Joy of Pepsi,” sponsored by the Pepsi Bottling Company of Norton, Virginia. The second-place tree was “Here We Come A-Caroling” by LifeCare Ambulance Service of Wise. The third-place tree was “Praise Be to God” by East Park Avenue Baptist Church of Norton. (See the top 10 below).

Volunteers around the Southwest Virginia region decorated holiday trees, mantels, doorways and banisters throughout the Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park, sharing their talents and holiday spirit with all who visited the site. This year, 81 groups showcased their creativity, creating a truly beautiful collection of displays.

The Festival of Trees is held annually at the Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park. For more information about the festival, or to request a space in next year’s festival, call the park at (276) 523-1322. The award-winning Virginia State Parks are managed by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. For more information about Virginia State Parks’ activities and amenities or to make reservations in one of the more than 1,800 campsites or 300 climate-controlled cabins, call the Virginia State Parks Reservation Center at 1-800-933-PARK or visit www.virginiastateparks.gov.

2018 Festival of Trees Winners

First place: “The Joy of Pepsi”- Pepsi Bottling Company of Norton, Virginia

Second place: “Here We Come A-Caroling”- LifeCare Ambulance Service of Wise, Virginia

Third place: “Praise Be To God”- East Park Avenue Baptist Church of Norton, Virginia

Fourth place: “Merry Grinchmas”- Clark Family of Big Stone Gap, Virginia

Fifth place: “Winter Wonderland”- LJ Horton Florist of Big Stone Gap, Virginia

Sixth place: “Jesus & Our Faith, Duties & Freedoms”- Wise County Christian School of Big Stone Gap, Virginia

Seventh place: “Guardians of the Gap”- Big Stone Gap Fire Department of Big Stone Gap, Virginia

Eighth place: “Southwest Virginia Mountains”- Dogwood Garden Club of Big Stone Gap, Virginia

Ninth place: “BeTheChange”- Big Stone Gap Parks & Recreation of Big Stone Gap, Virginia

10th place: “Here Comes Santa Paws”- Norma Rich of Pennington Gap, Virginia

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