There were 23 tree entries Sunday at De Smet’s annual Christmas tree festival held at the De Smet Event & Wellness Center. Sponsored each year by the De Smet Area Chamber of Commerce and the city of De Smet, 2017’s festival was well-attended according to chamber president Chad Kruse, “We had somebody at the door counting with a clicker, and after a couple of hours, we quit at 450 people.”
This year’s theme was “Home Sweet Home.” In keeping with that idea, all of the piano players providing background music at the event were former De Smet residents who had returned home for Christmas. The three players were Lindsey (Knock) Nolte, Katie (Schultz) Burggraff and Pat (Field) Anderson.
The public had a chance to vote on their favorite trees in each of three categories.
Winners in the most beautiful category were Horizon Health, first place, and De Smet Flower and Gift, second place; most creative, Farm Service Association and NRCS, first place, and the De Smet Good Samaritan Center, second place. The silliest tree was entered by the Kingsbury County Outlaw Gang and the FSA-NRCS tree took second place.
The annual Chamber Chili Challenge drew seven chilis from five different entrants. Lucas and Jim Thomas won the prize for best traditional chili, Lisa Hoffman took the trophy for best spicy but edible and the “Big Hoss” team of Charlie Boomenrader and Dave Jennings won the specialty category. Melissa Kees won second place in traditional and Judy Stubbe was third; Stubbe also won second place in the spicy category. Thomas and son won second place in specialty.
Thirty-six gift baskets were donated by businesses and organizations to be raffled. Proceeds raised in the raffle will help support this event next year, the Ward’s Store 29-Day challenge and this year’s Christmas train. The remainder will be donated to the Kingsbury County Food Pantry.
Santa Claus visited with area children and posed for holiday photos and the De Smet Community Women hosted its annual cookie-walk. The Outlaw Gang held a soup and sandwich meal to raise money to help local cancer patients.
Posted on 12-06-2017
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