“That’s our mission,” said Guastaferro. “We want to preserve our history so people in the future can appreciate it.”
Guastaferro said the festival now attracts over 27,000 visitors annually from 14 states, making it the largest holiday tree festival in New England.
To get this far, Guastaferro thanked the more than 1,000 people, businesses and groups that have donated trees over the years and the 1,500 event volunteers.
“We wouldn’t be where we are today without volunteers or donors,” said Guastaferro. “We’ve been very successful because of them.”
Festival of Trees 20th Anniversary :May 31: "An Emerald Evening" at 13 Branch St. recognizing the beginnings of the festival, its founders and the restoration projects it has funded. Featuring a cocktail reception, elegant dinner stations and raffle for a chance to win an emerald and diamond necklace. Sept. 1: Community-wide "Treasure Hunt" running through Dec. 7. Participants are entered to win a trip for two to Ireland. Sept. 7: "Festival-in-the-Trees Family Day" at Greycourt Park, behind City Hall, featuring music, food and family fun. Nov. 23 to Dec. 7: "The Emerald Anniversary Festival of Trees" featuring more than 240 trees, wreaths and kids' events. Begins with the annual Taste of the Festival. All visitors who enter tree raffles will also be entered into a drawing for a $2,000 emerald ring. For more info, visit methuenfestivaloftrees.com