Pella Chronicle

November 6, 2012

Annual festival scheduled

The Chronicle

Marion County — The annual Marion County Historical Society’s Festival of Trees will be held November 17 and 18 from 1 to 5 p.m. each day at the Marion County Park in Knoxville.  This event is free and open to the public.  There will be more than 40 trees decorated by various organizations and individuals throughout the buildings in the historical village.  There will be a “Best Tree” contest, the winner will be determined by the amount of money placed in a bank beside each tree.  The top three trees with the most money in their bank will receive a cash prize.  The net proceeds from all the votes will go to Marion County Community Action for Christmas baskets for families in need.

There will be entertainment and demonstrations in the buildings and homemade goodies for sale in the general store.  On Saturday Katie Davis and her folk singing group will perform in the chapel from 2 to 3 pm, you do not want to miss this!  On both days, there will be mule drawn wagon rides all afternoon.  Also, local author Helen Boertje will be with us on Saturday and Sunday in the schoolhouse signing copies of her recently published book about country schools, “When One Room Fit All.”  Free refreshments of cider, coffee and cookies will be served.  This is a great way for you and your family to spend an afternoon getting into the holiday spirit while having some good old-fashioned fun.

The Marion County Park is located at 306 Willets Drive.  For more information about the Festival contact 641-891-6883 or 641-891-0218.