Our Wishing Tree has become a mainstay for guests wishing to leave their mark on the festival. Its origins come from old traditions in Celtic nations; variations include Fairy Trees, May Trees, Votive Trees, and more. Visitors add their wishes to the trees as offerings to local saints, deities or wee folk, in hopes they can receive help or guidance towards the wish or prayer.
Guests add to the tree all weekend, which is located in Camdenshire just outside the Culture Center. Public wishes are written on cloth or paper. Private wishes (called Clouties, or Clootie in Scotland) are rags, cloth or ribbons tied to the tree. At the end of the festival all wishes are ceremoniously sent to the heavens, with help from the Fire Sculpters, where we hope many receive help in coming true!
The Wishing Tree Contest is accepting submissions through August 31st. Complete the form below to automatically enter the drawing, plus your wish will be added to this year's tree. Make sure to visit the tree and to find yours!
Limit one (1) wish per person/ per email; duplicate entries/ wishes will be discarded. Any wishes deemed innappropriate will be disqualified from the contest and will not be added to the tree. Odds in winning depend on number of participants. Winners will be notified by the email they've given, and will receive two (2) complimentary day passes to the festival, good for use on either Saturday or Sunday.