Stuhr Museum Fantasy of Trees returns for 35th year
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. -- A central Nebraska museum is back with an exhibit that has become a tradition.
The Stuhr Museum has its Fantasy of Trees exhibition on display. In its 35th year, this exhibit wouldn’t be possible without the community.
Museum Assistant Curator Kylie Luth said she enjoyed being part of it.
“This is my first year being in charge of it kind of organizing it and it’s been a lot of fun to see the different groups that do these and the creative ideas they come up with,“ Luth said.
Each year, any person or organization may register. Organizations and people involved must follow certain guidelines.
Trees must be artificial and no taller than eight feet, they must have a tree skirt and a sign to identify them.
Each person can decide how to decorate their tree, the more creative the better. This year there are 57 trees for exhibition.
“People really make it their own thing, like we have a couple who aren’t even Christmas trees, we have one that’s a tent and we have one that’s a toilet paper tree," said Luth. "So, they really have fun with it and they get to be original with it. “
At the exhibit, people can appreciate trees from different organizations around the area such as Crane Trust, Grand Island Central Catholic, Big Brothers Big sisters of Central Nebraska, State Fair and more.
The museum awards trees in 16 different categories such as the most creative, the most unexpected, the best using recycled items, the funniest, and there is a category where people can vote for their favorite.
“The community has a lot of fun with it, I know there’s been a lot of positive feedback, like they are really glad we’re still doing it and they just have fun with it and we wanna keep having fun with it and keep it going,” said Luth.
The Fantasy of Trees exhibit will be at the Stuhr Museum until Jan. 7.