Update: Tinsel Trail Fixed After Storms Blow Over Some Trees


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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Strong winds and heavy rain took down quite a few trees around Huntsville and Madison County.  That includes one special collection of trees spruced up by hundreds of dollars and tender loving care.

The trees at the Tinsel Trail are fixed now, thanks to many volunteers, City of Huntsville employees and inmate workers.

The Tinsel Trail is in the middle of Big Spring Park, and is a festive scene with Christmas music playing in the background.  It's the perfect scene to bring out holiday cheer.

On Monday, the display was torn apart overnight.  It was a tough blow to the organizers behind the 2nd Annual Tinsel Trail. 

"We're working to clean up the damage this week," said Donna Corbett, a member of the Downtown Forty-Seven, the group that organizes the Tinsel Trail.

Corbett and another member tried to keep their holiday spirit, but were on the verge of tears when they saw the damage.  Nearly three dozen of the 200 trees were toppled over, dripping in the rain, their ornaments covered in mud.

A couple of people who had seen the beauty of the trees from afar came over to see it all up close -- not expecting they'd find the trees at their worst and the rain still falling.

"We're asking decorators to wait until Wednesday or later to come check on their trees," said Corbett.  "We'd like to get them all stood up for them and then they can come out and spruce them up."

Sponsors paid hundreds of dollars to decorate each tree.  The tax-free donations are ultimately reinvested in downtown Huntsville, funding other projects to spruce up the area.

While the resident ducks didn't seem to notice the damage, Corbett was already on the phone with other volunteers making arrangements to get it fixed by Friday.

"We're gonna have fun putting them back together and we'll be geared up for the weekend," said Corbett.

The trees are standing again and volunteers are sprucing them up again.  

There are several trees that are available to be sponsored for $250 each.  You can get more information by clicking here.

Friday, visitors will enjoy free music, entertainment and samples of cheese from a special vendor.

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