2020 Tinsel Trail Bethel Rural Community Org.

CHRISTMAS PRESENT — The Bethel Rural Community Organization took top honors in the 2020 Tinsel Trail fundraiser for The Shelton House. Event visitors voted the BRCO tree No. 1.

The Shelton House marked the end of its festive Tinsel Trail fundraiser on Jan. 2, declaring Bethel Rural Community Organization the winner of its second annual event that has become a quick favorite of residents and visitors alike.

“BRCO is known for its preservation and support of the beautiful places and people of Bethel, North Carolina,” said Dannehl Strautz, executive director of The Shelton House.

Located just 5 miles from The Shelton House, Bethel is an example of the history and heritage of Haywood County. BRCO volunteers decorated their tree to represent the community with original miniature artwork and other custom-made ornaments representative of life in Bethel.

“Congratulations to Bethel Rural Community Organization for bragging rights as winner of the 2020 Shelton House Tinsel Trail,” Strautz said.

Honorable mention for 2nd and 3rd places went to Betina Morgan and Pamela Reece, and The Friends of Haywood County Animal Shelter, respectively.

“The Shelton House Board of Directors and staff want to thank all of the sponsors and visitors that contributed to the preservation of the History, Heritage and Crafts of Shelton House, either by sponsoring a tree, purchasing a preservation ornament, or giving a donation,” said Strautz. “We also thank all who walked the trail and voted for their favorite tree.”

All of the Christmas trees featured along the 2020 Tinsel Trail were sponsored by local businesses, organizations and individuals.

The creativity of the trees added a festive spirit to the end of a very difficult year, Strautz said, adding “Thank you all for helping to bring a little bit of joy to 2020.”

The Shelton House complex sits on eight acres that, in addition to the main exhibit space, includes gardens, green space, a barn events center, a carriage house gift shop, the HART Performing Arts Center and Haywood’s Historic Farmers Market.

For more information, visit thesheltonhouse.org.

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