In the 40-odd years since Lakes Area Young Life first began selling fresh-cut Christmas trees to area residents as a holiday fundraiser, the event has become a tradition for many families, many of whom have bought their trees from Young Life every year since it began.
"We will have white pine, balsam fir and Fraser fir this year," says Peter Paulson, director of Lakes Area Young LIfe. "We'll also have wreaths made by Mona Boehne of Beautiful Leaf Gardens. She's been making those for us by hand for quite a long time now, and they're just beautiful wreaths."
About 30 of the wreaths are on hand this year, and all three tree varieties are available for opening weekend, Paulson said — but it's probably best to come pick up your selections as soon as possible.
"The drought plus some other stuff has caused the supply chain to be a bit of a challenge, so we’ll have a few less trees than usual," he said, but added that Daggett Trucking has once again stepped up to provide transport for the trees from Cambridge to Detroit Lakes.
"We're so appreciative that they (Daggett) always go and pick up our trees for us," Paulson said.
"We'll be out there every Friday, Saturday and Sunday while supplies last," he added, noting that aside from Black Friday (Nov. 26), when they open at 10 a.m., regular hours are from 4 to 7 p.m. on Fridays and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
As they have for the past couple of years now, Young Life volunteers will be selling the trees at the lot in front of West Lake Laundry, located at 802 West Lake Drive. Proceeds will go to support Young Life programming in the lakes area.
"It all goes to support the work we do with our local middle and high school students," Paulson said. "It's pretty cool to see all the support for Young Life that's out there."
The non-profit organization doesn't charge students and their families to participate in the Young Life (high school) or Wyld Life (middle school) programs activities. Visit lakesarea.younglife.org for more information.