The annual Filley Art Museum Festival of Trees, Wreaths and Decorations is open and runs through Jan. 4, 2019.

From the story of the Bethlehem Star to coffee mugs from around the world, the Filley Art Museum Festival of Trees, Wreaths and Decorations is truly a diverse spectacle of beauty and holiday fun.

The Festival is free to the public and open from Nov. 14 through Friday, Jan. 4, 2019 at the museum and features decorated trees, wreathes, standing displays, a quilt with crystals and even a photo by Stan Reimer.

This annual event gives locals a chance to display their creative talents and help bring some Christmas cheer to the community, said Filley Director Brittany Novotny.

Patrons are invited to come visit museum and take part in a competition for the best display. Paper ballots are available at the museum and after the person has seen all the displays, they can vote for the Best In Show, Novotny said.

A special ceremony will be held at the museum on Friday, Dec. 14 to announce the winner and everyone is invited to attend and enjoy the festival plus cookies and punch.

Every year, the Festival, in it’s fifth season, helps bring out the creative spirit in the exhibitors. There are many collectors in Pratt and this is their chance to show off their unique collections, Novotny said.

The event is open to anyone. The museum sends out letters to previous participants reminding them of the competition but anybody can use their creative skills and create an entry for the festival. They have to come up with a theme and a way to attach their decorations to a tree or wreath.

Lynn Moss of the Flower Shoppe came up with the idea for the festival five years ago and one of her unique creations is on display.

One of the more unique entries is not a tree or wreath but a quilt that took a lot of extra time to build. Entry No. 9 is “Elm Creek Christmas” made by Jean McKay and quilted by Teresa Farrar. The quilt features a quilted village with a bake shop, quilt shop, church, school, snowmen, Christmas tree and more.

But the most unique part of this quilt is over 1,500 Swarovski crystals there were hand attached to the quilt making it a sparkling display, said Filley Executive Director Stan Reimer.

Anything can be used to make a tree. There is even one with photos of nurses from the Pratt area and even one made with cotton bolls and other natural materials found in nature in Pratt County. This unique tree is decorated by Cassie Goyen, Teri Briggeman and Terra Eubank representing Next GINeration Cotton Gin.

There are more trees and wreaths and other displays on hand so make the trip the Filley Art Museum to take in the Festival. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

The festival is free to the public through the generous sponsor contributions from Bolen Office Supply, Pratt Energy, Maydew Thibault Optometry and The Peoples Bank.