Grand Boulevard kicks off season with Festival of Trees

Published: Sunday, November 24, 2013 at 12:00 PM.

In addition, those present on Nov. 26 have the opportunity to agree or disagree with the judges and cast their votes for a People's Choice award. The winner of that one is awarded $2,000.

This year's judges’ panel is made up of industry leaders and includes Deborah Wheeler, Walton Sun reporter and columnist.

Shelter House Executive Director Michelle Sperzel has participated in Festival of Trees every year. Two of the years Shelter House has taken second place. Last year, Sperzel's decorating skills took second and People's Choice.

"I participate not only because it's a chance to garner money for Shelter House, but also because it's a great opportunity to raise awareness of us in Walton County ," said Sperzel. "During the giving season we need support from Walton County and this helps raise awareness and introduces our programs.”

Sperzel said she does the decorating herself, along with a little help from her parents and her volunteers.

The kick-off  of the Festival of Trees begins at 4 p.m. on Nov. 26. The event is free and open to the public.

Following the judging, families can enjoy a free special holiday performance by Seaside Repertory Company at 5 p.m.



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