Ross Johnson photo Kathy Tucker, Ed Spear and Santa taking bids from the crowd.

Ross Johnson photo
Kathy Tucker, Ed Spear and Santa taking bids from the crowd.

On Friday, Dec. 4 the Bristlecone Convention Center hosted its annual Christmas Tree Auction, raising a total of $11,000, which will go to the Great Basin Service Club.

Executive Director Ed Spear auctioned a total of 19 trees and several other items, including table centerpieces and gift baskets, to a crowd of almost 100 attendees. One tree, named “Pretty as a Peacock” and decorated by Nevada Bank & Trust, earned a winning bid of $950 while another, “Copper Beauty” decorated by John Lampros, earned $800.

Detailed Christmas decorations handcrafted by Spear covered tables, walls and ceiling.

The highlight of the evening arrived in the form of Canadian family musical group The Next Generation Leahy. Traveling from Lakefield, Ontario the group is comprised of parents Doug and Jennifer Leahy and six of their eight children: Adele, 13; Gregory, 12; Angus, 11; Cecilia, 9; Joseph, 7; and Evelyn, 5. Along with guitarist Tommy Ledbetter, the group variously used fiddles, a piano and French-Canadian step-dancing to perform a variety of western swing and holiday songs, earning multiple standing ovations from the crowd.

Most Traditional Wreath – Brad & Angela Simpson Keller Williams Realty

Most Unique Wreath-Bunny Hill

Most Elaborate-Flower Basket

Tree Awards

Judges Choice- Hotel Nevada

Best Theme-Learning Bridge Charter School

Most Traditional-White Pine 4-H

Most Colorful-Tara Klaas

Most Elaborate-John Lampros

Most Unique- Battleborn 24 Hour Towing

Best Topper-William Bee Ririe Hospital

People’s Choice- Nevada Bank & Trust

Children’s Choice Spear & Angelopoulos