Historical Commission seeks county’s ‘Grandest Tree’

The City of Darlington has been a Tree City USA city for two decades. Now, the Darlington County Historical Commission wants to find the county’s grandest tree. In a new competition that will run from July 1 through Sept. 1, people in the county can nominate a tree and possibly win a prize.

The rules are simple: Facebook is the only means of entering. No emailed photos or mailed photos will be accepted. Interested persons should snap a picture of their favorite tree and upload it to the Darlington County Historical Commission’s Facebook page under the DarCo Grand Tree Competition tab. Entrants should include their name and a description of the tree, such as where it is located.

The Historical Commission doesn’t want to focus on only the physical attributes of a tree though! They also want to find trees that have significance to the people of Darlington County. Do you have a favorite tree for summer picnics? Did you and your sweetheart carve your names into a tree as young lovers and now you visit the tree each year? Share your story and why this tree has a special significance to you. A panel of local tree and gardening experts will select ten finalists from all the nominated trees in the competition. They must be able to verify that the tree is in Darlington County. Once the finalists are selected, the public will be able to vote for them on the Tree Competition Facebook event page. The three that receive the most likes, each like representing a vote, will be named the winners. The Commission asks that contest participants not enter the property of another person without permission from the owner. Grand prizewinners will be announced via Facebook in October 2017.

The prizes are

1st place: Behind-the-scenes tour of the Darlington County Historical Commission; copies of Darlington County: A Pictorial History and Darlingtonia; gift certificates/gift cards to local restaurants/businesses worth $50; a write-up with pictures of winning tree in the News and Press and on the DCHC blog.

2nd place: Copies of Darlington County: A Pictorial History and Darlingtonia; gift certificates/gift cards to local restaurants/businesses worth $25; a write-up with pictures of winning tree in the News and Press and on the DCHC blog.

3rd place: Copies of Darlington County: A Pictorial History and Darlingtonia; a write-up with pictures of winning tree in the News and Press and on the DCHC blog.

Author: Duane Childers

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