‘Tis the season at county museum
Twenty businesses are participating in the 7th annual Indoor Christmas Tree Walk at the Lyon County Museum in Marshall.
The number of participants this year is up from a dozen from a year ago in which Hill Street Place was voted the winner of the best decorated tree by visitors of the museum.
While the decorated trees scattered throughout the museum are impressive and unique, the museum also offers another "must-see" nativity display that are housed in the Heritage Room.
"We dedicate the first two weeks in November to set up for the holidays every year," said Lyon County Museum Executive Director Jennifer Andries.
The Indoor Tree Walk features area businesses, non-profit organizations, and service organizations each decorating a tree in any type of theme they want.
Visitors of the museum then place money in a box located under each tree. The top three organizations/businesses that garner the most money in their box are declared the winners of the 2019 event.
The top three places earn Marshall Chamber Dollars. First place receives $150, second place earns $100, and third place gets $50.
All proceeds from the boxes will go to benefit the Lyon County Museum’s mission of preserving and presenting Lyon County history.
Over 60 nativity scenes of various sizes and designs allow visitors a chance to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas.
“Oh my,” said one wide-eyed woman as she entered the room this past weekend. “This is unbelievable.”
As more visitors entered the room, the reactions were similar.
“I could stay in here and look at this all day,” said another. “No two (nativities) are alike.”
The majority of the nativity scenes are from collections by local community members that were donated to the museum for this particular holiday display. Some of the nativity scenes are from the museum’s collection.
The Lyon County Museum is located at 301 W. Lyon Street in Marshall.