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Dear Festival Designer,

Welcome to new Designers and THANK YOU to our veteran Designers!  I am excited to return as chair for the Designer and am looking forward to making this year’s Festival of Trees better than then before. 

This year’s theme for Festival is ‘The Most Wonderful Time of the Year’. We will be returning to the Interstate Center in Bloomington, IL, from November 21st – 23rd . Please remember, the most important reason for the Festival is the children of The Baby Fold, and your support is greatly appreciated. This year we celebrate our 21st year of Festival of Trees.

Set-A-Table will again be covered by the Designer Committee; if you are interested in participating, please feel free to contact me for more information.  We’ve made a change to what was the School Tree section.  This year we’re having the school classes make ornaments to sell for $5 each in the gift shop.  We feel this will give all the students a sense of contributing to Festival.

Festival Designers will receive the following complementary tickets:

7’ Trees, 8 General Admission tickets; 4’ Trees and Tables, 4 General Admission tickets; Wreaths, Mantel Pieces, Centerpieces, Stockings and Other, 2 General Admission tickets.

Ribbons will be awarded in the following categories:  Best Christmas Story, Most Elegant Tree and Best Table.  A blue ribbon will be placed with the winning trees and table to go to the buyer; and a second ribbon will be presented to the designers at the Designer Reception.

Please check the website regularly for updated information.  Additionally, to register online, please go to the website and select “Contact Us” and follow the instructions to complete the Designer Participation Form.  Please get your registration in as early as possible.  This helps in our planning up to Festival.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.  Thank you again for your support! 

Vivian Elder, Designer Committee Chair             Debi Woodring Grossman, Designer Committee Co-Chair

309-825-7703                                                          309-830-2276                              


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