HOLMEN, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – Looking to provide some holiday cheer in the midst of the pandemic, one village is getting more festive than usual. First News at Nine’s David LaClair learned how Holmen is decorating Christmas trees for a cause.
For the first time ever, Holmen’s halfway creek park is lined with Christmas trees.
Holmen Area Rotary Club member Nancy Proctor says 2020 has been a challenging year for fundraising.
Proctor said, “So we decided to try something different, and we said, let’s do something to lighten up the village.”
That sparked the idea for the club’s first-ever holidays in the park tree decorating contest.
Tom Knobloch, Holmen area Rotary Club President said, “Last Thursday, we cut the trees over by Trempealeau and hauled them into the park and set them all up.”
“In an hour and a half, they cut fifty trees, and in another maybe hour and a half, they had them all in place,” said Proctor.
The contest opens on December 4th with a tree lighting ceremony. It cost a hundred dollars to sponsor and decorate a tree.
There are three categories between business, not-for-profit, and families. The winners of those three categories will each get $250 dollars donated to the Holmen area Boys & Girls Club.
The tree lighting here in Halfway Creek Park will also mark the start of another first-time holiday tradition in the village of Holmen. The Holmen for the Holidays Jinglefest.
“They’re going to have a parade Saturday afternoon and that will come up Main Street to Mill, and then the parade will go past the trees,” said Proctor.
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Realtor, Lisa Kind said, “We’re asking all groups and families to distance themselves from each other so we can follow protocols for COVID-19. It was a bonus that the Holidays in the Park was going to happen. It was a perfect end to our parade and get some people over to check out the trees.”
“This is just our way of giving a little something to the community during this extremely difficult time,” said Knobloch.
Twenty-five trees have already been sponsored. Anyone who’d like to purchase one can do so before December 4th.
The trees will stay up through the new year.
In Holmen, David LaClair, First News at Nine.