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Volunteers decorate for annual Festival of Trees

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WATERTOWN, N.Y. -- Volunteers were busy decorating artificial trees with tiny mints, flamingos, dolls and more Monday. It's in preparation for the North Country's annual Festival of Trees.

The three day event typically raises between $60,000 and $70,000 for the YMCA and Samartian Medical Center. Both groups use the money to support youth programs and services.

The trees will be unveiled to the public Friday, during a live auction and gala. And the fun will continue on Saturday.

"One of my favorite events is the Sugar Plum Ball and that's fathers and their daughters. It's a father and daughter dance, you'll have about 750 here that night, dressed to the nines, having the time of their life," said Steve Rowell, Watertown YMCA Director.

Anyone can place a silent bid for the trees that aren't auctioned off on Friday. The winners will be announced on Sunday. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP