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Beach theme dazzles Christmas Tree Forest

Sonny Long

By Sonny Long
Nov. 22, 2013 at 5:22 a.m.

Yoakum Mayor Annie Rodriguez, left, and Tom Long of  Shop the World judge Christmas trees at the 26th annual Christmas Tree Forest at the Yoakum Heritage Museum.

YOAKUM - More than 60 Christmas trees decorated in "Christmas at the Beach" themes made choosing the best a difficult task for celebrity judges Friday at the Yoakum Heritage Museum's 26th annual Christmas Tree Forest.

"They are all fabulous," said Geri Mehan, museum director. "We appreciate all the hard work that went into them and all the volunteers who helped place them throughout the museum."

The museum, 312 Simpson St., also is decked out with original artwork and Christmas decorations.

Judges included Yoakum Mayor Annie Rodriguez; Bill Lopez, of the Yoakum Chamber of Commerce; and Tom Long, of Shop the World in Victoria.

When all the garland had settled, the Best of Show was awarded to the tree from the St. Joseph School pre-kindergarten-3 and pre-kindergarten-4. The tree was also named tops among school entries.

Other winners included Yoakum Community Hospital in the business category K.C. Rex in the individual category and Iota Eta Sorority in the organization category.

Second-place trees included First Place Bank, Yoakum Literary Club and Providence Christian Academy.

The tree exhibit opened Friday.

At 6 p.m. Tuesday, the museum will host "A Night at the Museum" with refreshments, door prizes and - just in time for the holidays - gift product demonstrations including Scentsy, Velata and Grace Adele.

Also, Tasteful Traditions Cookbooks of recipes by local cooks will be available.

Several hundred school children will visit during tours in December, said Mehan.

The Christmas Tree Forest will remain through Jan. 2. The exhibit is free, but donations are accepted.

The museum is open from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday.

Special arrangements are available for groups of 10 or more by calling 361-293-7022 or emailing



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