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Shown is a tree decorated by the community band that will be featured in the Murray County Historical Museum band room during the Parade of Trees. (Submitted photo)

Parade of Tree event is Sunday in Slayton

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Worthington Minnesota 300 11th Street / P.O. Box 639 56187

SLAYTON — The Murray County Historical Society is hosting its annual Parade of Trees open house from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Murray County Historical Museum, 2480 29th St., Slayton.

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The museum is slated to have 22 trees on display this year — the most it has had in the nearly 15-year tradition.

The historical society sets up trees every year around the museum for local groups, churches, schools and other community organizations to sign up for and decorate.

“I’m really excited at how many trees we have this year,” Murray County Historical Museum Coordinator Janet Timmerman said. “We have a tree decorated by the community band, which is featured in the “band room” in the museum, that lights up and plays music. The high school 4-H club decorated theirs all green, and one is decorated by New Dawn Facility in Fulda. It’s a multi-generational event — people from all different ages have donated their time to come and decorate a tree.”

Each community tree has a donation jar where attendees can vote for their favorite by donating pennies. The group with the most money at the end of December gets to keep its cash; the rest will go toward historical society restoration projects.

The trees will only be displayed at the museum, but Timmerman plans to expand the event in the future.

“I’d like to have trees displayed from community groups in the Dinehart-Holt House one day — possibly next year,” she said. “I think it would really add to the festivities.”

There will be a membership sign-up table during the open house. The historical society plans on hosting many “members only” events throughout the year.

“This is just a nice way for the community to be involved with their historical society and a way for us to say thank you to the community for supporting us all these years,” Timmerman said.

Daily Globe Reporter Erin Trester may be reached at 376-7322.

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