Greenville City yule tree to be at new location

by | Nov 24, 2021 | Arts & Entertainment, Darke County News, Events, Features, Greenville, Media

Eric Fee shows where this year's Christmas tree will be installed at the Annie Oakley Park on South Broadway at the fork of Martin Street and Washington Avenue. He said this will probably be the site of the Christmas tree for years to come. | Linda Moody Photo

GREENVILLE– Travelers passing by the Annie Oakley Park at the very end of South Broadway will see a little bit of construction going on downtown.

What it will be is the home this year for the Greenville Christmas Tree.

Eric Fee of Tribute Funeral Home, Dave Furlong of Fitzwater Tree and Lawncare and Aaron Keaser of Teaford’s Dairy Store, all of Greenville, have been meeting with various groups, including Mayor Steve Willman and a couple of street personnel, Matt Myers and Ryan Delk, and Wes Wirrig, to prepare for this.

The tree will be installed in front of Annie Oakley’s statue by Fitzwater’s.

“We have been wanting to do this for three years,” Fee said. “We wanted to bring the Christmas tree back. The last time it was up, it was on the fountain.”

This year’s tree will be donated by Hershel Fee, co-pastor of the Radiant/Lighthouse Church, who will be dedicating it to his wife, Barbara, who passed away Nov. 8, 2020.

The tree will be taken from the Lighthouse Christian Center grounds off of U.S. 127-South, now home of the Radiant-Lighthouse Church, co-pastored by Fee.

“This will actually probably be the permanent spot for the tree here on out,” said Eric, son of Hershel. “We have the next 10 years covered. Mom always loved the lights.”

The tree this year will only have all-white, LED lights with a star on top. They plan to have it up for the upcoming horse parade. They may even decorate the gazebo at the Annie Oakley Park for this year.

Those wanting to make donations for decorations may call Eric at the funeral home or get in touch with him via Facebook, Checks are to be made payable to the city of Greenville with “Christmas tree lights” on the memo line of the checks.

“If you’d like to donate, contact me and we’ll promote their business and have their name on a banner by the tree,” Eric said.

Volunteers as well are being sought for this project.

“Caleb Custer will provide Christmas music and there will be free hot chocolate,” Eric said.

Eric Fee shows where this year's Christmas tree will be installed at the Annie Oakley Park on South Broadway at the fork of Martin Street and Washington Avenue. He said this will probably be the site of the Christmas tree for years to come. | Linda Moody Photo

I am a Darke County native living in the Ansonia area with my son. I have been in journalism 50+ years and enjoy what I do.

Contact Darke County Now Media Correspondent Linda Moody @ lmoody@darkecountynow.com or 937-337-1955.

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