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‘Merry and Bright’: 19th annual North Country Festival of Trees announces 2021 winners

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WATERTOWN — The 19th annual North Country Festival of Trees, which took place from Nov. 26 through Dec. 4, saw many beautiful submissions of colorful and creatively decorated trees.

This year’s theme was “Merry and Bright,” and the event was held in the location of the former Bon-Ton store at the Salmon Run Mall. The event featured 74 decorated trees that were auctioned off, raising more than $48,000 for the Samaritan Medical Center Foundation and Watertown Family YMCA.

According to its website, nearly 1,000 people attended the public viewing. On Friday, Samaritan Health announced the 2021 winners of the event’s various categories. It was also announced that next year’s theme will be “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

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North Country Festival of Trees to kick off next week

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WATERTOWN — A North Country Festival of Trees will once again kick off the holiday season in the north country, offering an online tree auction and in-person tree viewing from Nov. 26 to Dec. 4 at the former Bon-Ton store in the Salmon Run Mall, 21073 Salmon Run Mall Loop.

All trees on display are hand-decorated by community members and can be bid on for purchase or donation.

“Merry and Bright” is this year’s theme. A North Country Festival of Trees benefits health care services and programs at Samaritan Medical Center and children’s scholarships at the Watertown Family YMCA. The nine-day festival will feature trees on display for free public viewing from Friday, Nov. 26 until Saturday, Dec. 4.

All trees will be up for bid online at www.samaritanhealth.com/festivaloftrees.

The public, in-person viewing schedule is as follows:

11/26: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

11/27: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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