Preparations for the third annual Christmas Tree Gala and Bake Sale put on by the Derby Historical Society are in full swing this week. The event is this Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Derby Welcome Center, 611 Mulberry Rd.

Approximately 25 decorated and ready-to-use Christmas trees will be available to win. People can purchase raffle tickets which can be dropped in any or each of the collection boxes associated with a corresponding tree. The drawings will be held at the close of the event at 3 p.m. Saturday. All proceeds go to help fund maintenance of the Derby Historical Museum.

The collection of trees includes a variety of trees decorated with a specific theme. Some of those decorated themes include a gnome, fireman, elf, top hat, all silver, K-State, Kentucky Derby, and others. A WSU-themed tree will have four Shocker basketball tickets with it. Cakes, cookies, candies and other baked goods will also be for sale. Even if some people don’t win a tree, a lot of unique decorating ideas will be on display.

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