By Kay-Lynn Roberts-McMurray

The Ely Times

The tree auction Friday night kicked off a holiday event filled weekend

Kay-Lynn Roberts-McMurray
Plenty of shoppers did some Christmas shopping at the Crafters Festival at the Convention Center.

that has Ely beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

The Convention Center looked like a Magical Wonderland with the entry way decorated with with foxes, snow lit trees, an Eskimo girl dressed in a elaborate fur winter attire.

The stage displayed a cozy living room stage with old fashioned chairs, a

Ed Spear was the auctioneer for the evening.

Christmas tree, and Santa with his big red bag pulling out gifts to place under the tree.

Ticket holders filled the convention to enjoy a night filled with entertainment from reVoiced and an auction that would benefit the Great Basin Service Club.

This years event marked 15 years for this auction with Ed Spear and Johnny Lampros being the masters of ceremonies.

Thanks to the generosity of several local businesses, a total of 17 trees were donated, decorated and auctioned off to the highest bidder. Many of the trees were purchased for anywhere from $300-350, with the highest bid tree purchased at $730.

There were several wreaths auctioned off as well that were purchased for $230-300.

Two auction tables displayed several holiday items that were listed in a silent auction. During the auction break, the Acappella group, reVoiced performed several holiday tunes that had the crowd on their feet clapping and dancing to the music.

The tree donated by Farmers Insurance was purchased by CORE construction and donated to the White Pine Middle School. CORE also purchased the State Farm Insurance Tree and donated that one to the White Pine High School.

The Greater Nevada Credit Unions tree was purchased by GRP and donated to David E. Norman Elementary.

Cruise-In Auto purchased the Nevada Early Intervention tree and donated it to the Learning Bridge Charter School, and Carson Rentals purchased the Learning Bridge Charter Schools donated tree and plan on donating it to a family in need.

Several of the trees donated were live trees, and the local Tree Board has already offered to take care of any of the trees that are donated back to the community. They will maintain them during the winter and in the spring they will planted around the community at the local parks.

Over the past few weeks, visitors who stopped by to see the trees were given a ballot to vote on the wreaths and trees. Awards went to the following:

Flower Basket “Camo Santa Wreath” – Most Traditional Wreath

R&L Chapman – “Into the Woods Wreath” – Most Unique Wreath

Bunny Hill –  “Green Wreath” – Most Elaborate Wreath


Nevada Bank & Trust, “Rose Gold Elegance” – Judge’s Choice

Farmers Insurance, “The Grinch” – Best Theme

This & That, “Sending My Love” – Most Traditional

Nevada Early Intervention, “Christmas Around the World” – Most Colorful

Ralph Jones, “A Peppermint Holiday” –  Most Elaborate

Greater Nevada Credit Union, “The Abominable Snowman” – Most Unique

Bristlecone Convention Center, “Travel the World – Best Topper

William Bee Ririe Hospital, “Twas the Night Before Christmas” – Children’s Choice

Battleborn Restoration, “Good Spirits” – People’s Choice