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Holiday Tree Festival Spotlight: Have Yourself a Merry Whittle Christmas

“Have Yourself a Merry Whittle Christmas” features hand-carved ornaments made by the Forest Heritage Festival committee.

Now in its 17th year, the Forest Heritage Festival is held each fall at the Tuscarawas County Fairgrounds to raise money for Akron Children’s Hospital. In 2012, the Festival surpassed the $1 million mark in donations to the hospital.

The tree was originally auctioned during the Forest Heritage Festival in October. Dr. James Lehman,  of Akron Children’s craniofacial clinic,  bought the tree and then donated it to the Holiday Tree Festival.

In addition to the wood ornaments, the tree features a hand-carved, wood chest and teddy bear.

“The Forest Heritage Festival has served as a champion for all children throughout the community,” said Jody Smith, Children’s Miracle Network coordinator. “Its purpose is to enhance public awareness of forest conservation efforts in Ohio while raising money for the mission of Akron Children’s Hospital.”

Make sure to stop by and see this tree and many other holiday creations during the 2012 Holiday Tree Festival, Nov. 17-25, at the John S. Knight Center in Akron.

This free event is open to the public Monday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sundays 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.; and Thanksgiving Day, 2 – 6 p.m.