The city of Enterprise is calling all local knitters, crocheters, handcrafters and fiber artists to enter a new holiday contest - dressing up Main Street trees in tree cozies.

You read right: tree cozies, or sweaters, for trees.

No, not tea cozies to keep your teapots warm - tree cozies to keep trees warm from Nov. 30 to Jan. 2.

Of course it's silly. That's the idea.

Crafters are challenged to create a holiday-themed tree cozy for a tree on Main Street in Enterprise and enter their creation in a contest for the most popular tree cozy.

Trees may begin donning their cozies Nov. 30 and all cozies must be in place by Dec. 4 at 4 p.m. to be considered for the contest. Participants are asked to leave the tree cozies up until Jan. 2.

Cozies can be made in four sizes, from extra large for mature trees to small "branch warmers." Those who wish, may donate their cozies after display to be sold at an upcoming fundraising auction. The auction will raise money to buy more trees to plant in downtown Enterprise.

The winner or winning team will be chosen by the public, which will vote for their favorites. Ballot boxes will be available at Savoie's Specialties, Patchwork Quilts and Enterprise City Hall. Votes will be taken from Dec. 5 to 4 p.m. Dec. 14. The winner will be announced in the Chieftain and on radio station KWVR and will receive a gift certificate from participating stores in Enterprise.

Entry forms and ballots are available at Enterprise City Hall, Enterprise Public Library, Savoie's Specialties,and Patchwork Quilts. Word has been spreading already, and Savoie's reports a number of folks shopping for yarn to knit the cozies.

For information: Marya at City Hall, 426-4196.

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