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"Festival Of Trees" Raises Big $ For SLC's Primary Children's Hospital

PHOTO: The "2013 Festival of Trees," benefiting the nonprofit Primary Children's Hospital, is again under way at the South Towne Expo Center in Sandy. Photo credit: Festival of Trees.
PHOTO: The "2013 Festival of Trees," benefiting the nonprofit Primary Children's Hospital, is again under way at the South Towne Expo Center in Sandy. Photo credit: Festival of Trees.
December 5, 2013

SANDY, Utah - The 2013 Festival of Trees, benefiting the nonprofit Primary Children's Hospital, is under way at the South Towne Expo Center, Sandy. The four-day annual event featuring hundreds of decorated Christmas trees is expected to attract about 100,000 people before it ends on Saturday night.

Festival chairwoman Marie Partridge said there are trees that will suit all tastes.

"About 700 trees are here, ranging from 18 inches tall to 9 feet tall," Partridge noted.

The event also features quilts, wreaths, centerpieces, gingerbread creations, a sweet shop and gift boutique. The festival covers about five acres inside the Expo Center.

The festival raised $1.9 million last year to help children needing medical care, Partridge explained.

"It benefits these children whose families don't have insurance or who for some other reason cannot afford the medical care that they need, so they can get good medical care without worrying about how to pay for it."

Partridge said all money raised goes directly toward helping kids at Primary Children's Hospital.

The Festival of Trees is open to people of all ages. Tickets are available at the door. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 2-11.

Troy Wilde, Public News Service - UT