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Dec 2, 2012 7:51 PM by David Jay

Festival of Trees finishes 4-day run

BILLINGS - The four-day Festival of Trees finished today in Billings, with one last event on Sunday.
"Brunch Among the Trees" provided one last chance to view the trees and decorations at the Shrine Auditorium.
In the past, the trees could be seen on Sunday, but this is the first year for the brunch.
The 27th annual festival started Thursday with the auction of about 40 trees.
Sponsors and volunteers work all year to put on the event and activities, which organizers say drew large numbers this year.
"It's a brunch for families to come and have a delicious brunch, view the trees, enjoy some Christmas music and just get into the Christmas spirit," said Stacy Dreessen, executive director of the Family Tree Center. "I think a lot of families it's a tradition. I've never seen so many people here. We had a lot of people here Friday night, all day yesterday. It's been an awesome turnout this year."
The Festival of Trees is the main fund raiser for the Family Tree Center, which works on the prevention of child abuse and neglect.

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