Christmas Tree Fantasy auction raised $16,000

The tree, wreath and holiday decor auction at the 34th annual Christmas Tree Fantasy Thursday night brought in about $16,000, according to event chair Jana Rupe.
One Christmas tree donated by Milestone/E.M. Tanner sold for $1,200 while another tree, decorated in the memory of Gene 'Fatboy' Taylor, was purchased, donated back to the auction, and then sold again.
Rupe said she is pleased with the outcome of this year's auction, considering there were fewer trees donated to the event this year.
"We are always happy with what we get," Rupe said. "Blackfoot is a very generous community."
The final day of the Christmas Tree Fantasy is today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Needlecraft building on the Eastern Idaho State Fairgrounds. The entrance fee is $2 per person or $10 for immediate family.
The money raised from the event goes toward local charities such as SEICCA, the Bingham Crisis Center and other nonprofit agencies.