For 20 years, Pennsylvania Place in Ottumwa has been transformed into the Festival of Trees just in time for the holiday season.
Volunteers have been working for weeks this year to prepare for the event, which benefits the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity. The event has become a holiday tradition and always adds something different to keep people coming back.
"Something new that we're doing this year is the Habitat Board is going to have 2x4's here and they'll have them marked off in sections and for one dollar, you're able to write a message on that board and the board will be used in a project in a home," said Judy Engle, Organizer of the Festival of Trees. "So years later, when somebody decides to change a wall, there's a message from 2013 from someone in Ottumwa."
There will also be centerpieces, wreaths and other items up for sale; all of the proceeds from which also go towards Habitat for Humanity.
The Festival of Trees begins Friday, November 22 7-8:30 pm with a $10 admission.
The festival will carry on Saturday from 9 am-5pm, with children's activities from 9-11 am, including a cookie walk at 9 am. Admission for the children's festivities is $3.
Any trees or wreaths purchased at the festival will be available for pickup on Sunday, November 24.