She is excited to be taking an active part in the festival this year. A lot of her friends and family are planning to attend to see her tree.

"It's amazing the creativity people have," Evans said.. "You don't see the same things there. People go all over the place. It's amazing. It's fun."

Kennedy Krieger Institute's Festival of Trees is held at the Maryland Fairground at the Cow Palace on Nov. 23, 24 and 25, at the State Fairgrounds in Timonium, 2200 York Road.

The event features fairyland forests, toy train gardens, more than 100 craft artisans, a Santa letter-writing station, a Harry Potter castle, book readings and live music, in addition to the decorated trees, wreaths and gingerbread houses.

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Special events this year include:

• Storytime sessions on Friday, Nov. 23, with Mary Alice Yeskey, of Charm City Cakes and the Food Network's show "Ace of Cakes," at 5:30 p.m.; and also with Santa at 5:45 p.m. Both will read a holiday story to kids. On Saturday, Nov. 24, Fox 45-TV personality Joel D. Smith will read a holiday story.

• Performances by the children's rock band, Milkshake, Friday, at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

• "Reindeer" pony rides on Donner and Blitzen, a remote control race track, a carousel and crafts.

Admission is $13 for adults; $7 for ages 5 to 12 and seniors. Children 4 and younger are free.

For more information, call 443-923-7300.

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