"[There was] somewhere between 750 to 800 people the first two hours," said John Montgomery, organizer for the Euharlee Festival of Trees. "It was crazy and the parade was the biggest we've ever had. We try to keep [our Festival of Trees] as old-fashioned and non-commercial as possible.
"We want to bring back the old Christmas. ... [What I enjoy most] is just everybody having fun. It's a laid back atmosphere. There's no pressure. Anybody can come and have just as much fun as the next person because we don't charge anything. In this day in time, you've got to have money to do everything and I'm trying my best not to do that."
Of the about 40 trees on display at the Granary, 114 Covered Bridge Road in Euharlee, 21 are being auctioned. From 2 feet to 9 feet tall, the artificial trees vary in size and decorations, with adornments ranging from ribbon and tinsel garland to white and multi-colored lights.
Individuals can place silent bids on their favorite donated trees through about 7 p.m. Dec. 11. The trees are available for viewing each Sunday to Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 6 to 10 p.m. Santa is available for visits each Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m.
There is no admission charge but donations are accepted. Presented by the Margaret Montgomery Christmas 4 Kids Foundation, which was established by Montgomery in honor of his mother, the event's proceeds will go toward providing Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in Bartow.
While Euharlee's offering is under way, the Festival of Tiny Trees and Wreaths organizers are encouraging the public to donate items to the endeavor. Handmade ornaments, and decorated wreaths and Christmas trees, 4 feet or shorter, will be accepted at the Cartersville Public Library -- 429 W. Main St. in Cartersville -- Monday, Dec. 6, between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Starting Monday, the public will be able to place a bid on their favorite item in the library's Nathan Dean A and B room. The bidding will conclude at 7:30 p.m. during the event's Jingle Bell Jam reception on Dec. 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. Reception tickets will cost $5.
"I love to see different styles of decorations and I like ... that this is [benefiting] our community," said Kay Boulier, a member of both of the event's organizers -- the Cartersville Woman's Club and The Friends of the Library. "The money that we make goes to the library. They use it as they see fit.
"We have such a beautiful new building and we're working so hard for our collection in the library to be up to the building," she said about the library's book collection and audio-visual materials. "We're kind of behind a little bit with that so I'm happy to see that this is something enjoyable for the community which benefits the community."
For more information, call Boulier at 770-382-4635 or Carol C. Youd at 770-876-2938. More details about the Euharlee Festival of Trees can be obtained by calling Montgomery at 770-547-7747 or visiting Euharlee Festival of Trees on Facebook.