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Lions Christmas tree sales begin in Bel Air

The Bel Air Lions received a delivery of more than 1,200 Christmas trees on Saturday, which are on sale at the Heavenly Waters parking lot across Route 24 from the Harford Mall.

This marks the 17th year of tree sales at the lot, located at 502 Boulton Street in Bel Air.

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Lion Dave Guzewich said there has been early interest in purchasing trees.

“There may be some pent up demand this year, but we will see how sales actually go,” he said. “We had good sales [Saturday] afternoon so it looks like folks want trees early this year.”

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Trees cost $65 each for any size. Credit cards are preferred but cash or check will be accepted. The lot is open from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 2 to 8 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. On Black Friday, the lot is open from noon to 8 p.m.

The Lions received fewer trees this year, and the trees are not as tall as in previous years, Guzewich said, because of availability from their growers.

The Lions received about 875 Canadian Balsam trees from Nova Scotia, Canada, and roughly 400 Frazer Firs from North Carolina. Both the Balsam and Fir trees range in size from 6 to 8 feet.

“We have recently learned how weather in the last six months of the tree growing season affects tree size and availability,” Guzewich said. “This year it was a dry summer in both North Carolina and Nova Scotia, causing a slower growth rate and fewer 7 to 8 foot trees available to harvest.”

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Still, the Lions are hopeful for a successful tree sale. Trees usually sell out by mid-December, about 10 days before Christmas.

Tree sales have raised well over $700,000 for the Lions over the last two decades that has gone back to the Bel Air and Central Maryland communities across a variety of services the organization provides, according to the Bel Air Lions website.

The annual Christmas tree sale is the Bel Air Lions’ primary fundraiser for all its programs.

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