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Sparkling Magic in the High Country: The Western Youth Network's Festival of Trees

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As the air turns crisp and the holiday season approaches, the eagerly awaited High Country celebration is here once again - The Western Youth Network's annual Festival of Trees. From Tuesday, November 14 to Thursday, November 30, more than 120 beautifully adorned trees and wreaths will grace the business organizations and public spaces throughout Watauga, Ashe, and Avery counties.

These enchanting creations are the work of talented designers, local retailers, High Country businesses, and passionate individuals. What's more, these festive marvels will be available for purchase in an online auction that kicks off at noon on Wednesday, November 15. Many of these dazzling trees come complete with gift certificates and presents, making them not only a sight to behold but also a delightful holiday gift.

To assist the public in locating these stunning displays, a customized map for the WYN Festival of Trees will be accessible for in-person visits or online viewing. Additionally, a selection of holiday wreaths, most of which will be showcased at the Watauga County Recreation Center, will join the auction on November 28.

This year, the festival is proud to have Boone Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram as its presenting sponsor. General Manager, Steve Silver, recognizes the essential role that the non-profit agency WYN plays in creating a safe and positive environment for children in the community.

This year marks the festival's ninth edition, and last year's event raised over $100,000 for WYN's programming. Jennifer Warren, the executive director of WYN, looks forward to the Festival of Trees every year. "It is an important fundraiser for us and introduces people in the community to our mission in a fun and beautiful way," she shared.

The festival's lineup includes two wreath-making workshops on Monday, November 27, a free hot chocolate social for the public at the Watauga Recreation Center on Tuesday, November 28, and a free holiday movie screening of "Elf" at the Appalachian Theatre on Wednesday, November 29. To access the online auction, view the event calendar, and find more information, please visit

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