The idea for a Festival of Trees in the Springfield area originated in 1988. A steering committee was formed to explore the possibility of a new special event to be called "Festival of Trees." It was hoped that the Festival would appeal to all ages, while providing funds for new programs and projects in our communities.
A small-scale Festival was held November 21, 1989, to introduce the concept to the community. It was a great success and Memorial's Festival of Trees was born. Plans were made immediately for the first official Festival of Trees to be held in 1990. The rest is history.