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Sprout into Spring flowers to be sold for donations April 17

The Inter-Mountain photo by Edgar Kelley The hand-painted flowers that decorated downtown Elkins for the Sprout into Spring event on March 20 will be offered for sale later this month.

ELKINS — The 90-plus hand-painted flowers that brightened up downtown Elkins during the Sprout into Spring event on March 20 and beyond will be going up for sale this month.

The designers of each flower will have the first opportunity to purchase their design for a $10 donation on Saturday, April 17 at 11 a.m.

The sales will take place in two downtown locations — in front of Davis Trust Company Bank on Davis Avenue, and in front of the former Henry G’s Cafe on Third Street.

At 1 p.m., those flowers which aren’t purchased will go on sale to the community at large. By 3 p.m. that afternoon, all of the flowers will be removed from the downtown streets.

“We are giving the first option to buy for the people who made the flowers,” Bobbi Trimboli, volunteer for Our Town Inc., told The Inter-Mountain Monday.

“They can purchase the flowers back for a donation of $10 and then we will open them up for the public to buy. We’ve notified all the people who made them to let them know they can buy them for the price of the materials.”

Proceeds from the flower sales will help Our Town Inc. fund any future projects, such as Scarecrow Days in the fall, and the Christmas Gnomes during the holidays.

“We have some other projects planned that we have to get materials for,” Trimboli said. “And all of the materials and construction stuff we need is just getting so expensive, it’s getting sky high. So we are trying to offset some of those costs by selling the flowers.”

Trimboli said with the popularity of the Sprout into Spring event this year, it’s likely the flowers will return for another sprout in 2022.

“We will probably have it again next spring, if we don’t lose any momentum,” she said. “And maybe we will add something to it next year as well.”

Originally the flowers were going to be kept and held over for future use. But because of the amount of people who participated, plans had to be altered.

“The understanding initially was that we were going to keep them,” Trimboli said. “But that’s when we thought we were going to have around 30. We really didn’t think we’d have 90 and that’s just too many to try and store.”

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