FORTVILLE — Friday was opening day for many tree farms in our area, but the scene was a little different due to the pandemic.
The owners at Sambol’s Tree Farm in Fortville made some adjustments to their procedures to help keep everyone safe.
They are requiring an appointment, only allowing a certain number of people on their property at once, and requiring masks in all common areas where other people are present.
Families we spoke with on Friday said they were just happy to be able to still come out and find a tree for their home. “They're thankfully allowing us to still get this this year, so It doesn't take that tradition away,” said Matt Chamberlain. He brought his family with him on Friday afternoon.
The owners at Sambol’s Tree Farm say many people are looking for safe activities to do with the family. “I think the demand is there. People still want to get outside and do something safely like this, enjoy the Christmas season, and I think on a farm they can definitely social distance,” said owner Lance Sambol.
Sambol said in 2019 they sold more than 400 trees on opening day. This year, they’ll sell around 275. By the end of the season he expects to still sell the same amount of trees or more than they did last year.
“This year has been completely different than any year that I think anybody can recall, so having this right here and bringing home at least a little tiny bit of what it used to be is invaluable. That's what makes the holiday spirit,” said Chamberlain.