Champion a busy place for 10th Vision of Trees
By Sheri Hink-Wagner
The Wauneta Breeze
The Champion Junior Women’s Club hosted the 10th annual Vision of Trees at the Champion Community Center last Saturday and Sunday. The theme was “Celebrate the Season.”
The always-popular event’s main attraction was the 37 Christmas trees decorated by area residents and businesses. This year’s presentation also included one holiday table display as well as a display of seven holiday music boxes.
The decorated trees are not judged. They are simply on display for all to enjoy.
Club member Rhonda Smith said the event saw a steady stream of people on both days. The club served 160 baked potatoes on Saturday and 200 bowls of soup on Sunday. Santa Claus visited on Saturday and heard Christmas wishes from approximately 35 children.
Many youngsters took advantage of the “Letters to Santa” display where they could write Santa letters and post them directly to him.
Entertainment was provided by the 9th Street Singers, Marla Smith and students, Jan Clark on the piano, Morayah Cupp and Sydney Schilke singing and Nancy Holeman played her flute. Chase County Schools Elementary P.E. teacher Jodie Schuller brought her third and fourth grade students, who did speed stacking with cups and performed their tinikling dance, a traditional Philippine dance.
Forty-eight silent auction items were available for attendees to bid on over the two-day event.
Several items were also raffled during the event.
Winners include Bob Hartman, patio furniture made and donated by Lloyd Hazard; Deb Bartlett, rocking dog made and donated by Jim Brown and Pat Baney; Norma Dannatt, quilt made by Rhonda Smith and Jean Farrer; Diann Schilke, decorated Christmas tree donated by Challengers 4-H Club; and Janet Sheaffer, recycled shelf made and donated by Betty Goodell.
Smith noted proceeds from the event will be donated to needy families in the Champion and Imperial area. Last year, the group was able to donate funds to eight different families.
Adults and children alike turn out each year for the Vision of Trees from a number of area communities. In addition to the viewing of trees and displays, signing up for drawings and bidding on silent auction items, the two-day event also provides an atmosphere for visiting and enjoying the pre-holiday atmosphere and music.