The city will sponsor its third Festival of Trees this year, said City Clerk Shane Smith, with a new Christmas Marketplace and bake sale to benefit Relay for Life as well as crafters and area businesses selling their goods. Some of the crafts will include leather goods, jewelry, wreaths, crocheted goods, children’s clothing and ceramics, he said.
The festival, which has been the same day as the city’s Christmas parade, will expand to three days. It will open Friday from noon until 7 p.m. It will continue on Saturday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. The city’s Christmas parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Monday.
“It’s been growing every year,” Smith said of the Festival of Trees. “We wanted to give people more to do.”
This year, individuals and groups such as the Boy Scouts, the Heflin Fire Department, churches and civic groups will again decorate trees. During the three-day festival, visitors will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite. The city also added different categories of trees this year including trees designed by individuals, businesses and nonprofit groups. The winners in each category will win a prize, said Tammy Perry, director of Heflin’s Parks and Recreation Department. The winning trees will be announced on Sunday, Perry said.
Last year, the city had 25 trees in the festival. Perry said organizers expect about the same this year.
Floats and vehicles participating in the parade are expected to line up at Brockford Road and Ross Street by 5:30 p.m., Smith said. Children participating in the parade should be dropped off at the American Legion Hall on Almon Street, Smith said.
The city will set up bleachers in front of BB&T Bank on Ross Street, Smith said.
There will be no parking on Ross Street between Burns and Bedwell streets beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Smith added.
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Fesitval of Trees
WHERE: Heflin Civic Center
WHEN: Friday, noon-7 p.m.
Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday, 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
Heflin Christmas parade
WHERE: Line up at Brockford Road and Ross Street by 5:30 p.m. Monday
WHEN: Monday, 6:30 p.m.