The Van Buren Chamber of Commerce’s ninth annual Festival of Trees will be Dec. 7 on the grounds of the Crawford County Courthouse.

Chamber ambassadors are once again planning the event with many new and exciting things to experience, according to Alisa Kelly, this year’s chairman.

"Come enjoy uniquely decorated trees, sponsored by local businesses, celebrating the county’s official kickoff of the holiday season," Kelly said.

Also on Dec. 7, visitors to downtown Van Buren can see the lighting of the courthouse by Crawford County Judge John Hall.

"Then take a stroll down the historic Main Street for live window displays depicting Van Buren’s colorful history through the Living Windows displays sponsored by The Old Town Merchants Association," Kelly said.

Assisting Kelly and the chamber ambassadors are Elaine Stanfield and Junior Bing of the county judge’s staff.

"This is a one-of-a-kind free community event," Kelly said. "Each year it has grown and this year we are adding several free children’s activities."

The events kick off at 5:30 p.m. with Living Windows. The Lighting of the Court House Ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. Music and free events will continue until 8 p.m.

Event and tree sponsorships are still available. The deadline for tree sponsorships is Monday, Nov. 18. If a business or organization is interested in sponsoring a tree they may call the chamber at (479) 474-2761 or email Janie Simmons at

"We have great participation from chamber members each year," said Jackie Krutsch, executive director. "What better way to say Merry Christmas and thank you for a great year than for a business or organization to sponsor this event."

Tree sponsorships are $100 and event sponsorships $250.