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New Covid mandates push popular Festival of Trees event online

Winnie the Pooh relaxes on the branches of a Christmas tree at the annual Festival of Trees celebration year at the Clarion Inn. This year, because of Covid restrictions, the festival will be a virtual event. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell).

ONTARIO – The Festival of Trees, one of the biggest and most popular local fundraisers, will go online this year while another annual holiday event is canceled because of new Covid mandates handed down by Gov. Kate Brown last week.

The restrictions mean the Festival of Trees, now entering into its 32nd year, will be a virtual event. In past years, the festival drew throngs to see fully decorated trees and other holiday décor that could be bought.

Under new state rules in effect on Wednesday, Nov. 13, no more than six people are allowed in a . . .