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Ontario’s Festival of Trees kicks off Friday

A Christmas ornament means it is that time of year. (The Enterprise/File)

ONTARIO – One of the biggest local fundraisers is ready to kick off its 31st year this weekend at the Clarion Inn.

The annual Festival of Trees celebration opens Friday and runs through Sunday at the hotel at 1249 Tapadera Ave. 

The festival – where holiday shoppers can purchase trees, centerpieces, wreaths and more – is a major source of support for Meals on Wheels and Help Them to Hope, said event organizer Debbie Blackaby.

“Seventy-five percent of the funds go to Meals on Wheels and we are the only fundraiser for the Meals on Wheels program. Twenty-five percent goes to Help Them to Hope,” said Blackaby.

Blackaby said last year the Festival of Trees raised $31,000. This year, in honor . . .