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December 4, 2013

Kiwanis Club happy with new sale venue

DUNCAN — As it seems, a new location for the Kiwanis Club Christmas Tree Sale has been a positive change, according to its members.

After several years in the Elk Plaza parking lot, the sale was moved to Kiddieland in Fuqua Park. Sales began about a week ago and will continue through Dec. 15 or until the organization runs out of trees.

“It has gone real well so far and we’re off to a good start,” said Jim McSpadden, Kiwanis member. “It’s been a busy week since we opened last Tuesday.”

Several trees have been sold and the new location has made it easier on volunteers as well, said McSpadden. Trees have been less work to set up on the grass inside Kiddieland unlike the pavement of the past.

“We like it better at Kiddieland,” McSpadden said. “There’s a little more flexibility.”

Additionally, the club is able to show off the new fence surrounding Kiddieland, which was completed recently courtesy of Leadership Duncan Class XVI and the City of Duncan. The new black iron fence, which helped prompt the tree sale move, is adorned with bright colored Christmas lights to draw in the community.

Of course, the main attraction is the trees. There are several varieties of evergreens available. A few examples of tree types are Douglas Fir, Scotch Pine, Noble Fir, White Pine and Balsam Fir. Prices will range from $10 to $95 depending on what type and size is chosen.

“I think these are some of the best trees we’ve had in a while,” McSpadden said.

Already unwrapped so they can spread out for customers, volunteers cut a bit of the bottom of the trunk off so the fresh cut can soak up more water in its base, therefore lasting longer.

“We have been getting trees (from the Kiwanis) every year for many years,” said customer Sharon Hobson. “I loved mine last year. It lasted way after Christmas.”

Despite the threat of winter weather later this week, Kiwanis members still plan to be awaiting customers during their regular times unless the situation becomes extreme. Sale times are weekdays 2-8 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays 1-5 p.m.

“You’d be surprised how many people come out in bad weather to get a tree,” McSpadden said.

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.

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