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A few entrances to the Tree Festival at the Blennerhassett Hotel. (Photo by James Dobbs)

PARKERSBURG – The Tree Festival officially opened last Friday at the Blennerhassett Hotel with the official tree lighting. There are more than 65 entries displayed. The hotel is full of twinkling lights, and it really has a constant flow of visitors.

“This is a huge task to revive the event and it was a huge opportunity to seize this time-honored tradition last year,” said Stacey Dicko, CEO of the United Way Alliance in Mid-Ohio Valley.

“We anticipate that over the next two years, our signature events will be positioned to increase an estimated 10 percent of our annual campaign — and that’s important. Stop there and see what we’ve been able to do in”real general“To host the event. We want to see this event grow and expand… and increase in revenue.”

There are several events that revolve around the Festival of Trees:

* On November 28 10am-11:30am: Character Breakfast serves up holiday characters your kids will love. Kids will receive a Christmas craft kit and a keepsake selfie.

Guests and visitors to the hotel wander around the lobby of the Blennerhassett Hotel to glimpse the Christmas decorations and entrances to the Festival of Trees. (Photo by James Dobbs)

*December 2 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Trimmed takes talented decorating teams and gives them 90 minutes to decorate the trees with mysterious ornaments. Tickets include appetizers and beer.

*December 5 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.: The Retail Fest features a reserved lunch at DaVinci’s followed by shopping at eight local retail businesses. For a chance to win a gift basket containing items from each business involved, have your passport stamped at each location and hand it in at the Blennerhassett Hotel by 5:30 p.m. to be entered into the drawing. The shopper who wears the most festive Christmas outfit will win a $100 cash prize.

* employment. December 9 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.: The Tree Auction Festival gives you a chance to take a piece of Christmas home with you.

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This tree at the Blennerhassett Hotel was cared for by Jan Dils and Chuck Hughes, and decorated by Kiki Angelos. (Photo by James Dobbs)

This tree at the Blennerhassett Hotel was cared for by Visit Greater Parkersburg, and decorated by Dawn West, Avery West, and Autumn Henthorn. (Photo by James Dobbs)

This tree at the Blennerhassett Hotel was cared for by Re/Max Properties of the Valley, and decorated by Kiki Angelos. (Photo by James Dobbs)

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