Fairbanks Kiwanis Club stages trees for annual Christmas Tree Sale

Published: Nov. 26, 2021 at 4:48 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - On the evening of Wednesday, November 24, volunteers from around the community chipped in to help load Christmas Trees into the Kiwanis Building at the Tanana Valley Fairgrounds.

Van Lawrence, President of the Kiwanis Club of Fairbanks said, “A lot of students from West Valley and Hutchison showed up and really made a difference, and we got 635 trees unloaded in less than an hour.”

With load-in complete, the club is ready for its annual Christmas Tree Sale.

“We’ve got Noble Firs, Douglas Firs and some Nordmann Firs,” Lawrence said. The trees range from 5 to 9 feet tall.

They were shipped up to Fairbanks from Oregon, and have never been frozen. Because of this, Lawrence urges those interested in getting a tree to be ready to keep it warm on the way home. “They need to be warmed, or they will freeze, and if they do freeze, then the needles will fall off as soon as the tree thaws.”

It is recommended that people purchasing a tree “plan on carrying their trees inside the heated portion of their vehicle,” according to Lawrence

The Kiwanis Club uses the proceeds from this event to fund projects around the community. “While we may not have the least expensive trees in town, all of the profits are going into community services,” Lawrence said.

Buyers can also round up their purchase by $3.00 to benefit a local organization. This year’s round-ups will go to Stone Soup Café, a soup kitchen near downtown Fairbanks.

Trees will be available at the Kiwanis Building on the east side of the fairgrounds.

The sale begins on Saturday, November 27 and will run seven days a week until the trees are gone.

Hours and more information can be found here.

Because the Blue Gate into the fairgrounds is closed this year, those interested can follow signs to the sale near the main entrance.

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