Coming Together in Tigerton

By: Bill Martens
By: Bill Martens

Plastic spoons stuck to a tree, a box of butter, and bowling for the baby Jesus? Believe it or not, it's all serious in Tigerton, as a way of showing off a strong community built on unity.

Twenty-eight businesses participated in decorating a tree any way they wanted to, all for everybody's amusement.

"Being a small town, small business, we all have to stick together," says Brian Jensen of Brian's Automotive. "It's the only way to survive around here, really. I mean, with all the big towns booming around you, the small businesses have to stick together and help each other and keep the town growing."

It's kind of hard not to notice the tree put up by Schultz's Cozy Cafe.

"We found our old light-up tree that we had in our yard last year, so we went and put that out there," says Vaughn Schultz, part owner. "Be a little different, everybody else had real trees and stuff."

Theda Care Physicians also has a tree. Looks normal from a distance, but those aren't traditional ornaments.

"We decided as a group that we would do a nature tree, so the staff decided that they would each design their own edible decoration for squirrels or birds or anything like that," says Lisa Johnson.

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