Festival of Trees

Come view 11 beautifully decorated trees in the South Gallery of the Clay County Heritage Center now until December 17th. Free-will donation.  Covid-19 restrictions include masks, social distancing, and hand sanitizer required.

Thank you to BigIron Gives and Sam Harper for making the Virtual Silent Auction possible!

A Poinsettia Christmas

This tree is adorned with gold, cream and taupe ornaments, especially ornate poinsettias. Enjoy the bright glitter and sparkles!

By Barb Workman

The Road to Success is Always Under Construction

This trees includes caution tape, an orange cone, Farmers Bank blue bulbs, excavators, backhoes, wrenches, a hammer and tool belt. All the items on this tree are needed to finish a construction project. Each item brings a value to the project's completion just like all team members are important for business to succeed!

By Farmers Trust & Savings Bank

A Miller Christmas

It's Miller Christmas Time!

By Johnson Brothers Beverages

Johnson Brothers Beverages has been selling a wide variety of the finest malt beverages in Northwest Iowa since 1985. Covering 12 counties in the northwestern area of the state, we pride ourselves in being a family owned company steeped in tradition and quality service.

We love the industry-It’s fun, it’s exciting, it’s fast paced and always changing!  It’s the innovation from great suppliers and the changing needs of our customers in the retail, restaurant and bar industry that drives our passion to not just deliver products – but deliver growth!

Silver Bells

Over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house we go!  Silver bells ringing through the crisp air announce the arrival of brown-haired little boys.  With every family gathering comes an opportunity to share with the youngin’s about God.  This tree celebrates generations that share their faith and love and pass down God’s truth and love to their children and grandchildren.

By Deb Dvorak

Hy-Vee 90th Anniversary

It’s our 90th Anniversary at Hy-Vee!  The tree contains $90 worth of gift cards to our store.

By Sara Franker at Hy-Vee

Be Still

May the quiet beauty of this season bring you deep joy and warm memories to cherish throughout the coming year.  Surround yourself with nature and take in the beauty it provides.

By Jeanette Hasley


Winter Zinnias

Zinnias made from pinecones from our trees.  Painted with acrylic paints.  The topper was fabricated from a white dove, pinecone, and feathers.

By Eve Freeman with Freeman Oaks Studio

A Cardinal Christmas

This tree suggests a winter walk in the woods – and if you're lucky, you'll spot a colorful cardinal in the branches somewhere above.  It's said that seeing a cardinal is a good omen, so keep your eyes peeled to find one nestled in this tree among the bright berries and golden acorns.  As the holidays approach, you'll want to lace up your boots, grab your mittens and set out for a brisk trek in the fresh winter air.  Your own personal lucky cardinal might be waiting for you just around the bend.  You just need to “believe”!

Tree Decorated by Connie Goeken
Tree Skirt Made by Pat Thomsen (From her Etsy store, “From Old Stuff”)

Old Fashioned Christmas

Decorated as trees were long ago, this Christmas tree reminds us of the real reason for the season.

By Gina Kohrs

Have a Merry Covid Christmas

This tree is dedicated to the memory of The Corona Virus Pandemic of 2020. Because that is all we want of 2020 - to be a distant, ugly memory in our rear view mirrors, right?!?

Donated by the Nelson Sisters: Carrie Nelson, Amy Nelson Schlueter and Abbie Nelson Tesch.

Celebrate Christmas in an Era of Time Gone By

From classic Christmas Santas, angels, stars, and pine cones to hearts, fruit, a clown, and more; even a fish! These vintage glass ornaments of whimsy adorn the tree to help you reminisce of a Christmas past. There is even a pickle hidden in the tree!

If you don’t know the pickle story, here is a little rhyme to guide you:

On the night before Christmas, it’s hung in the tree,
While everyone is sleeping, it’s done secretly.
On Christmas morning when you arise,
The first one to find it will get a surprise.

By Rita Schallou and Mary Jo Smith



For Such a Time as This

This lovely tree resounds the Christian faith.  The ornaments were hand-crafted by her son by wood from their former farm house.

By Linda Bryan
***This tree is not on the Silent Auction

Additional Donated Auction Items

Homemade Cream Puffs

50 Delicious homemade cream puffs. Each are approximately 2" in diameter.

Specially made by Sonna Winther



Framed Photograph

Black and white photograph of a 1991 ice storm, Thunder Bridge, Spencer, Iowa.

By Judy Hemphill

Horse-drawn Wagon Ride with Jack and Willie!

Chose the time and location for your wagon ride in the year 2021.  The ride can include a small gathering up to 10 adults. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

Horse Ride provided by Brian and Deb Dvorak and Food and Drink provided by Brett and Mary Jo Smith