This year's Festival of Trees grows to a two-day affair

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Both events are held at Studley's Flower Garden's. (Courtesy image)

ROCHESTER - Rochester Main Street is hosting the Third Annual Festival of Trees event on multiple dates this year, giving even more ways for guests to win fully decorated holiday trees and prizes.

The public is invited to attend the Tree Showcase and Live Auction on Friday and the traditional Festival of Trees raffle event on Saturday. Both events are held at Studley's Flower Garden's greenhouse at 82 Wakefield St.

The trees often include valuable gifts in addition to beautiful decorations. This year features some Premium Trees with total values over $500.

Friday's Tree Showcase event is held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the greenhouse and features a live auction of premium trees. The evening will also feature live music, refreshments, and a sneak peek at trees available to win during Saturday's raffle event. Admission to Friday's event is just $10 and includes 10 raffle tickets for Saturday's drawing. Children enter free. Additional raffle tickets for Saturday's event are available for purchase.

Saturday's traditional Festival of Trees event is held 4-8 p.m. in the greenhouse and features refreshments, caroling starting at 5 p.m., and a visit from Santa Claus at 6 p.m. Guests can purchase raffle tickets to win dozens of fully decorated holiday trees and wreaths, including some premium trees. Admission to Saturday's event is just $5 and includes 5 raffle tickets for the drawings. Children enter free. Additional raffle tickets are available for purchase to increase chances of winning.

The live auction begins at 8 p.m. on Friday, and the raffle drawings begin at 8 p.m. on Saturday. Winners can collect the winnings after the event concludes on Sunday during the hours 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Unclaimed trees and gifts will be forfeited.

Proceeds from Festival of Trees benefits downtown Rochester promotions and events.

Volunteer support is welcome at this event. Contact Main Street for more info.

Event sponsors include People's United Bank, Waterstone Properties and Studley's Flowers.

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