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Festival of Trees celebrates 30 years as a holiday tradition in Rochester

Festival of Trees celebrates 30 years as a holiday tradition in Rochester

There's no better indication that the holiday season is upon us than the start of the Hiawatha Homes Foundation’s annual Festival of Trees.

The foundation is celebrating 30 years of giving this week with more than 100 trees on display. The event begins Tuesday with an opening night gala. General admission to the event, which is held in the Mayo Civic Center Exhibit Hall, is available Friday through Sunday.

Organizers hope to raise more than $200,000 this year. An estimated 15,000 people attended the festival last year. 

Photo: The Med City Beat

All tickets to the festival are less than $5 per person (special events not included). Proceeds help Hiawatha Homes in providing quality support services to people with disabilities at home and in the community.

New this year is "DiverseAbility Day," which will run Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. An interactive area will be set up to educate guests about the foundation's work. There will also be a dance party that night for individuals with disabilities.

Click here for a full list of events and times.


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(Cover photo: The Med City Beat)

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