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ARC of Rowan’s Festival of Trees sees record turnout, continues Saturday and Sunday

The 14th annual ARC of Rowan Festival of Trees ended its opening night with a record number of visitors Friday.

By the closing time of 9 p.m., more than 700 people had walked among the 50 Christmas trees decorated so fully that many of them had just a small amount of greenery exposed.

The Festival of Trees will continue from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the F&M Trolley Barn, 165 E. Liberty St.

Local musician Michael Hiskey will play his ornate hammered dulcimer during the festival. The Rowan Public Library will have a story time at 1:30 p.m. followed by a visit from Santa Claus at 2 p.m. both days.

After the festival is over this weekend, the trees will be delivered to predetermined locations to continue to bring Christmas joy to the community.

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