announced December 13, 2022
East Burke, VT - A brilliant display of Christmas Trees is lighting up the green at the Burke Mountain Club in East Burke Village! It’s all part of the Burke Area Chamber of Commerce annual holiday contest. Langlais Family Tree Farm provided the trees which were each ‘adopted’ and decorated by a local school or business.
Fifteen businesses 'adopted' a tree including:
Impartial judges chose six winners at a Tree Lighting Celebration on December 11th. Each winner received $100 for a charity of their choice.
And the winners are…
Best Lights: Kingdom Trails won with a colorful, changing, blinking display. They chose East Burke Fire Brigade to receive $100.
Best Decorations: Thaddeus Stevens School won with an inclusive tree featuring hand-made ornaments celebrating the various holidays celebrated by different cultures at this time of year. NEK Human Services will receive $100 on their behalf.
Best Business Tree: Century 21 Farm & Forest Realty won this category with a Polar Express theme complete with golden tickets and trains and tracks below the tree. They chose H.O.P.E. as their charity to receive $100.
Best School Tree: Field, Farm and Forest won for a very colorful tree to brighten up the winter season. The ornaments were all made by students ages 3-5 years old. $100 will be presented to their chosen charity, the Mountain View Farm Animal Sanctuary.
Best Overall Tree: Darling Hill Farm won this category with a beautiful, farm themed tree featuring hand-decorated eggs, real chicken feathers in clear ornaments and a lovely twig star topper. They also chose the Mountain View Farm Animal Sanctuary to receive $100.
Normally, there are just 5 winners, but the Burke Chamber made up a new category for this year to honor the message of One Particular Tree.
Best Theme goes to Newark Street School with their theme of Wishing for Peace in Ukraine featuring blue and yellow peace crane ornaments. Their charity is TBD, but will likely be a Ukrainian Relief Organization.
The trees will be up until mid-January. All are encouraged to take a walk on the green and get a close up look at each one to check out the details, imagination and holiday spirit with which each one was decorated. Photos of all the trees are also on the Burke Area Chamber of Commerce facebook page.