Best in Show

FirstBank’s Troy Buttrey (left) and Scott Morrison check out some of the imaginative decorations on the bank’s Monopoly-themed entry in the Festival of Trees Tuesday morning. The bank’s entry earned Best of Show among the dozens of trees in the Old Paris 5 & 10 Event Center on the north side of the court square.

Twelve winners were announced Tuesday morning at the opening of the 2019 Festival of Trees sponsored by the Downtown Paris Association.

A “Monopoly-themed” tree was named Best of Show. It was sponsored by FirstBank of Paris.

Three trees were selected as the Most Traditional: Mockingbird Catering’s tree came in first followed by Tennessee Valley Community Church’s tree in second place and Henry County Medical Center in third.

The Paris Board of Public Utilities’ tree was named Most Creative. The Rhea Public Library tree was second and the Carl Perkins Center tree was third.

Two trees had the Best Theme. State Rep. Bruce Griffey’s “Honor Tree,” a salute to Henry County veterans, won first place while Paris Magazine’s “Believe — We BELIEVE in Paris and people that make it special” tree won second.

Sweet Jordan’s Laundry Company took the “Out of the Box” award.

In a new Tiny Tree category, the CASA tree was named the Top Traditional Tree while the Henry County Board of Education tree was Most Creative.

The Festival of Trees will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and 1-4 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 18.

Visitors are asked to vote on a People’s Choice tree.

Votes are for a $1 donation and the winner will be announced at the Festival’s closing on Dec. 18.

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