Troop 328 opens annual Christmas tree lot
BOY SCOUT TROOP 328
CHRISTMAS TREE LOT
Hours: Fri.-Sun., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. & Mon.-Thurs., 4-8 p.m.
Elks Lodge parking lot, corner of Third and Ute.
Prices range from $22-$250, includes free delivery if needed
With turkey dinner barely digested, Thanksgiving weekend is when folks start unpacking holiday decorations. All that’s missing is a live tree!
Local Boy Scout Troop 328 is back with its annual Christmas Tree Lot and open for business starting from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Black Friday, Nov. 29.
For more than 25 years, the troop has been selling trees up at the Redlands Community Center. This year, the lot has moved to the parking area at the rear of the historic Elks Lodge 575 building at Third and Ute.
“We think the Elks Lodge site will give us higher visibility because it’s a more central location with easier access,” Scoutmaster Brad Dible said.
More than 300-plus trees cut down this week were delivered Wednesday fresh from Michigan. Tree shoppers will have a choice of noble fir, concolor fir, frasier fir and Scotch pine ranging from 4- to 12-feet tall.
“Six- to seven-foot nobles are the most popular sellers,” said Dible, who recommends buying early before the rush is on. The lot will be open Friday-Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Monday-Thursday 4-8 p.m.
“We’ll be open daily until all the trees are sold, which is about two weeks,” Dible said.
On Monday, Dec. 2, the troop will be giving away free hot dogs and hot chocolate to customers as a little promotional effort. No purchase is necessary.
But if you do happen to see a tree you fancy, the boys will gladly carry it to your vehicle and secure it. Free delivery is also available.
“Our lot has the best customer service,” said Life Scout Nolan Acree, 14, who’s been volunteering for several years.
“The trees we sell are nice; ornaments stay on them, and they will last till past Christmas,” Acree added.
Sponsored by the Redlands Lions Club and Elks Lodge 575, Troop 328 is one of the oldest and largest troops in the area. The troop is very active with at least one camping trip each month and several smaller outdoor activities sprinkled in between. Ten members of 328 attended the National Jamboree during the summer, and coming up they are in charge of running the annual winter Klondike on the Grand Mesa.
“Selling Christmas trees and wreaths is our main troop fundraiser each year,” said Dible. “All proceeds go right back to the boys and their activities.”
“Help support a great youth program that builds tomorrow’s leaders.”
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