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Something for everyone at 20th annual Festival of Trees at Micke Grove Park

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Posted: Monday, December 5, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 7:00 am, Mon Dec 5, 2011.

The weather was perfect, albeit a bit blustery on Saturday, for the annual Festival of Trees highlighting the 70 Christmas trees on display while showing off the local history at Micke Grove Park.

It sure beat the rain the event experienced the past two years, said a dapper Jack Johnson, a San Joaquin County Historical Museum docent wearing an old-fashioned black suit with a top hat on Sunday.

The 20th annual Festival of Trees, the museum's biggest fundraiser of the year, had something for everyone — drawing and cookie-making for children, souvenir shopping for women, and mechanical entertainment for the men.

For example, in the McNeilly Building, Lodi docent Richard Grice noted that children were busy being entertained by craft-making as their parents went to the back of the building to admire vintage cars.

Grice spent the weekend proudly telling anyone who would listen that the 1918 Lincoln "horseless carriage" he had on display was one of only six that remain in existence.

Shari Potter, of Stockton, said she enjoyed seeing the variety of trees.

"And it was my grandson's first chance to see Santa," she said of the 4-month-old child.

Sean Shade, of Lodi, said the children loved it. Corbin Deadwiley, 8, said he enjoyed the desserts and making a snow globe.

"I really love the trees, especially the olive oil one with little bottles of olive oil," Mary Lassanske said.

Shade said, "I'm more interested in the machines and tractors."

Other attractions included the Cowboy Christmas, Great Tree of Peace, a Victorian tea room, model trees, a collection of more than 50 teddy bears, and live singing and dancing.

Proceeds from the Festival of Trees go toward several educational programs throughout the year.

"I love it out here," said Johnson, a Lodi resident since 1952. "It's the best-kept secret of San Joaquin County — this museum."

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

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