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OWASCO — The Ward W. O'Hara Agricultural & Country Living Museum and Dr. Joseph F. Karpinski Sr. Educational Center was a festive maze of pine and lights Saturday.

The Owasco museum began its annual Festival of Trees, which features 90 Christmas trees in different parts of the area. Museum volunteer Rob Norton said he believes more trees will be added.

Each tree has a particular theme, ranging from babies to vegetables to ducks. Different people and organizations set the trees. The event will be open for the public every day — except Thanksgiving — until Dec. 23. People can vote on their favorite tree. 

Beverly Feeney, Robin Bartholomew and her granddaughter Marissa Bartholomew were setting up a tree on behalf of the Cayuga County Agricultural Society. The tree was adorned with various ornaments relating to animals or the county fair. Marissa, 12, a self-described horse lover, said one of her favorite ornaments is a decoration featuring a wreath and a horse head.

Robin said the tree is meant to promote the society's partnership with the museum for the county fair next year. She said she was glad she could spend time with Marissa setting up the tree.

The festival, Robin believes, is the only event in the county where people can "see such beautiful trees" for free.

Robert Norton, a staple volunteer for the museum's events, said the festival and its lavishly decorated trees have built a devoted following over the years.

"I think it really does help people get in the Christmas spirit," Norton said.

Staff writer Kelly Rocheleau can be reached at (315) 282-2243 or Follow him on Twitter @KellyRocheleau.


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