Today is the last day to see the Christmas Tree Forrest at the Heritage Museum, located at 510 Scurry in Big Spring. According to Cheryl Joy, Administrative Assistant at the Heritage Museum, the Christmas Tree Forrest was an idea that was originated by Gayle Pittman, a native of Big Spring. The original display was set up at the old Schwartz building that is now the Legacy restaurant across from Hotel Settles.
Joy told KBest News that the museum provides a lit Christmas tree to all Christmas Tree participants and they only have to provide the other decorations.
"Anyone in the community can come decorate; it's absolutely free. We tell people that they can advertise their business. We actually have some memorial trees of people who have passed. We also have some other trees, like the Big Spring Art Association tree with hand-made ornaments that they've painted." says Joy. She also said that the Big Spring Art Association's tree has a little can over there where you can purchase an ornament for a donation.
Joy went on to say that the museum gets many visitors for the Christmas Tree Forrest and every year people ask who won the contest, so even though the Museum has had the Forrest display for over 10 years this is only the second year that there has been a contest between the trees.
This year there are approximately 60 trees that were entered this year for the contest, 1st place winner receives $100, 2nd place wins $50, and 3rd place wins $25. There’s still time to vote for your favorite Christmas tree by placing money in their designated container, as long as you get there before 1 PM today. The Christmas tree that receives the most money will win.
Since today is the last day to get your votes in on your favorite Christmas tree, Joy said that entry to the museum would be free to encourage the public to stop in and vote.
This year's Christmas Tree Forrest Winners are:
1st Place-Jode Trucking & Towing Services
2nd Place-Shannon Clinic
3rd Place-Runnels Academy