On Friday, Dec. 4 the Bristlecone Convention Center hosted its annual Christmas Tree Auction, raising a total of $11,000, which will go to the Great Basin Service Club.
Executive Director Ed Spear auctioned a total of 19 trees and several other items, including table centerpieces and gift baskets, to a crowd of almost 100 attendees. One tree, named “Pretty as a Peacock” and decorated by Nevada Bank & Trust, earned a winning bid of $950 while another, “Copper Beauty” decorated by John Lampros, earned $800.
Detailed Christmas decorations handcrafted by Spear covered tables, walls and ceiling.
The highlight of the evening arrived in the form of Canadian family musical group The Next Generation Leahy. Traveling from Lakefield, Ontario the group is comprised of parents Doug and Jennifer Leahy and six of their eight children: Adele, 13; Gregory, 12; Angus, 11; Cecilia, 9; Joseph, 7; and Evelyn, 5. Along with guitarist Tommy Ledbetter, the group variously used fiddles, a piano and French-Canadian step-dancing to perform a variety of western swing and holiday songs, earning multiple standing ovations from the crowd.
Most Traditional Wreath – Brad & Angela Simpson Keller Williams Realty
Most Unique Wreath-Bunny Hill
Most Elaborate-Flower Basket
Judges Choice- Hotel Nevada
Best Theme-Learning Bridge Charter School
Most Traditional-White Pine 4-H
Most Colorful-Tara Klaas
Most Elaborate-John Lampros
Most Unique- Battleborn 24 Hour Towing
Best Topper-William Bee Ririe Hospital
People’s Choice- Nevada Bank & Trust
Children’s Choice Spear & Angelopoulos