Floyd County Ikes deliver Christmas trees to Charles City
By Kelly Terpstra, firstname.lastname@example.org
The smell of fresh pine wafted through the air near the intersection of South Main and 4th Street just after noon Monday in Charles City.
Delivery of the fir trees by the Floyd County Ikes means that Christmas is near.
In what has become a yearly tradition, the Ikes hauled in another round of trees from up north for Christmas shoppers to purchase. The 80 trees transported to Charles City on a flatbed truck were retrieved from central Minnesota and now lay in rows on property owned American Family Insurance and across the street from Arnold Motor Supply.
“They’re kind enough to let us use this lot,” said Floyd County Ikes President Dave Nehls.
Nehls said the Floyd County Izaak Walton League has used the property for about five years to sell their Christmas trees. All proceeds generated from the sale of the $40 trees go back to the Ikes for local conservation projects like building duck houses and blue bird houses.
“They’re freshly cut. You can tell by looking at them,” said Nehls.
Nehls said the day after Thanksgiving on Black Friday is usually when a rush is made to purchase the trees.
“It’s first come, first serve,” said Nehls.