People interested in helping area youth by bidding at the Parade of Trees will have an easier time than ever before this year.

The 16th annual Parade of Trees is scheduled to have its live auction at 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 23 at the MonDak Heritage Center. Viewing and silent auction bidding will run from 2-3:30 p.m. that day.

“We’re moving the times back to allow people to participate more fully with the Parade of Lights,” Elaine Stedman, CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Richland County, said. 

But you don’t need to wait until that day to make your bids on the best decorated trees around. For the first time, the Parade of Trees is having silent online bidding at https://BGCRCTrees.givesmart.com or you can text BGCRCTrees to 52182.

Stedman explained the hope is that people from outside the area or supporters who can’t make the event that day are now still able to bid on their favorite trees or wreaths.

Profits from the event are split for the youth programs at the Boys & Girls Club and MonDak Heritage Center. Dan Goss will serve as auctioneer for the live auction. Items can be picked up from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m on Dec. 4-7.

Trees are being accepted through Saturday, Nov. 17. 

Stedman is confident that a wide variety of trees will be available for interested bidders.

Although the Parade of Trees is traditionally a big event of Sidney’s Christmas Stroll, the activity isn’t the only holiday event that the Boys & Girls Club is taking on.

From 8-10 a.m. on Nov. 23, the Boys & Girls Club is presenting “Breakfast with Santa” at the new fire hall. For a free-will offering, the breakfast will feature scrambled eggs, sausage, muffins, fruit, juice and coffee.

“Pictures with Santa will be available for no additional charge,” Stedman said.

In addition, you can have photos of your pet with Santa from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 8, at Tractor’s Supply. This is the third year for the photos with pets and Santa, and proceeds go to the Boys & Girls Club’s programming.

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