FREEPORT, ILLINOIS — A tree from Jones-Farrar IB World School won first place in the FHN Community Festival of Trees judges’ vote and third place in the People’s Choice voting – the only double winner in this year’s competition.
The group will receive a $500 check for its first-place win and a $100 check for its third-place prize for its tree reflecting this year’s Festival of Trees theme: My Heart is the Gift!
The first-place People’s Choice award winner was The Spirit of Christmas is in our Hearts, by the Open Bible Learning Center. They’ll receive a check for $500.
Book Spirits from VOICES claimed the judges’ second place, winning $300. For the first time ever, there was a tie for the judges’ third place tree, so Empire Elementary School (Oh the Places You Can Go) and Aquin High School Art Class (A Colorful Christmas) will each receive a check for $75.
The Lincoln-Douglas First Grade tree reflecting this year’s theme, If you can’t find the spirit of the holiday in your heart, you’ll never find it under a tree, won second place in the People’s Choice voting. They’ll receive a check for $200.
Prize winners – both the panel of judges’ choices and the People’s Choice winners – are marked with a sign and will be on display at the Freeport Public Library through Dec. 28.
This year’s Community Festival of Trees drew 18 entries and a total of 729 People’s Choice ballots were cast from December 2 – 14.
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