The Duncan Banner

November 22, 2013

Kiwanis Christmas tree sale moves to Kiddieland

Rebeka Miller
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — After close to 15 years in Elk Plaza, the Kiwanis Christmas Tree Sale has a new location this year.

Completion of the Kiddieland fence replacement project, an effort of Leadership Duncan Class XVI, prompted the Duncan Kiwanis Club to move the sale to inside Kiddieland in Fuqua Park. Sales will begin Tuesday and end Dec. 15.

“Everyone was in agreement the move would be a good thing,” said John Herdt, Christmas Tree Sale chairman. “It’s nice to know we won’t have to move year to year and have a for sure spot from now on.”

Herdt also said the location may give the club a chance to expand and do things they haven’t been able to in the past at the sale. These changes wouldn’t be made this year, but are something for the club to think about for the future.

Sale times will be weekdays 2-8 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays 1-5 p.m. More than 400 trees are expected to make their appearance this weekend.

“Anyone who would like to help set up is more than welcome,” Herdt said.

Additionally, helpers during the sale are almost never turned away.

“The Empire and Duncan high school Key Clubs work every year,” he said. “They are always helpful.”

Trees were ordered in April and there are several varieties of evergreens to meet almost anyone’s fancy. A few examples of tree types are Douglas Fir, Scotch Pine, Noble Fir, White Pine and Balsom Fir. Prices will range from $10 to $95 depending on what type and size is chosen.

“We had a few left over last year, I think because of the economy,” Herdt said. “We will hopefully do better this year and get rid of all of them.”

Kiwanis Christmas Tree sales have been going on in Duncan since about 1966 and the funds raised are always used for scholarships to students and the several agencies across Duncan the club supports. A few of them are Youth Services, Gabriel’s House, Duncan Rescue Mission, Christians Concerned, Toy Shop, Women’s Haven and Boy Scouts.

“We’re looking forward to (the sale) again,” Herdt said. “We hope everyone will come get a fresh Christmas tree. They are always cut fresh and help your home smell good.”