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The Crawford Pioneer Days Committee and all its wonderful volunteers are in full swing for the 2017 Festival of Trees and Parade of Lights events. The goal, as always, is to provide something for everyone. "The response from last year's Festive High Noon Ladies' Tea and the Wine, Chocolate and Cheese Night were tremendously received, so we've decided to repeat these two again this year," said Collenette Vervloet, a volunteer for the events. Both of these events will be held at the Crawford Town Hall, so attendees will be surrounded by all the beautifully decorated trees that will be auctioned off on Dec. 1. Tickets for the Tea and Wine Night can be purchased at First State Bank, Crawford Town Hall, Needlerock Mountain Realty, Wild Country Keepsakes and The Hitching Post.

In addition, the following events are planned:

Nov. 24-Dec. 1 -- Festival of Trees. The trees will be set up for viewing during event hours this week.

Nov. 24-25 -- The Fruitland Mesa Women's Club present its Arts & Crafts Fair. The fair runs from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Nov. 24 and from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Nov. 25.

Nov. 24 -- At 5 p.m., stop by the United Methodist Church in Crawford for a chili nacho meal and cookies for dessert. This is a great place to stay warm until the parade begins!

At 6 p.m., the Town Hall lighting ceremony will kick off the Parade of Lights which will begin shortly thereafter. A prize will be awarded for the best float. Stop by Town Hall after the parade and get your free photo with Santa in the small classroom courtesy of Wild Country Photography. Additional pictures can be purchased as well. The North Rim Glass Studio at 191 Highway 92, will be hosting its annual holiday open house with glass blowing demonstrations from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Nov. 27 -- The Festive High Noon Ladies' Tea takes place from noon-2 p.m. The cost is $8 in advance or $10 at the door. Event organizers are looking for volunteers to adopt a table and participate in the best dressed table contest. A $25 gift certificate from Wild Country Keepsakes will be awarded to the winner.

Nov. 29 -- The Wine, Chocolate and Cheese Night (21 and older only) will take place from 6-8 p.m. This event will also be held in the Town Hall this year so you'll have the opportunity to view all the beautiful trees that will be auctioned off on Dec. 1 after the potluck. Three wineries have agreed to serve this year: Leroux Creek Vineyards from Hotchkiss, Alfred Eames Cellars from Paonia, and Stone Cottage Cellars from Paonia. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

Nov. 30 -- From 3:30-5:30 p.m., the Crawford library is hosting a kids' play day. Bring your kids to an afternoon of fun filled with arts and crafts, face painting, snacks and stories read by Mrs. Claus.

Dec. 1 -- The annual holiday potluck dinner with live musical entertainment takes place from 5:30-7 p.m. Please bring a covered dish to share. The Festival of the Trees live and silent auction will take place at 7 p.m. The winners of the auctioned trees may pick up their trees on Dec. 2, from 10 a.m. - noon.

"Through your support of these events we are able to give back to this community!" Vervloet said. This year's recipient of the funds earned at the Festival of the Trees will be the Crawford Area Chamber of Commerce, which is seeking funds to rebuild the two "Welcome to Crawford Country" signs coming into Crawford from both directions.

For more information about the Festival of Trees or Parade of Lights, please contact Tristan Pfeffer at 206-679-7998, Lynne Watkins at 970-921-5252 or Collenette Vervloet at 970-921-5505, or go online at CrawfordPioneerDays.weebly.com.

"We look forward to seeing you all there and thank you for helping make this tradition be successful each year!" Vervloet said.

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