Festival of Trees transforms State Office Building

wwny Festival of Trees transforms State Office Building

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - The Dulles State Office Building in Watertown is being transformed into a winter wonderland.

For the last 2 days, participants have been busy decorating their trees in all different styles and themes for the annual North Country Festival of Trees.

Brenda Sipher has been decorating trees all 17 years of the event. She says it'll take her about 20 hours in total to decorate 2 of them.

"About 10 hours a day, by the time I'm done I'll be leaving here about 9 o'clock tonight. There again I may be making some bows. I'm known as the bow maker. People come and bring me their ribbon and I make their bows," said Sipher "Two trees a year now, I've done as many as 3 and when I've helped other people, I've done as many as 5 but I'm getting older, 2 trees is my limit now."

This year, there are more than 80 trees that will be judged in different categories and then sold in both live and silent auctions.

The proceeds benefit health care services at Samaritan Medical Center and children's programming at the Watertown YMCA.

The first public viewing of the trees will be on Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. and they will be on display through the weekend.

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