Proceeds from the tree sales are split between the troops and Queen Anne Food Bank.
Proceeds from the tree sales are split between the troops and Queen Anne Food Bank.

As folks were gathered around a towering Christmas tree in Queen Anne’s Towne Square, local Scouts were busy selling more family-sized trees down the avenue.

The annual Queen Anne Scouts Christmas tree sale raises funds for troops and the Queen Anne Food Bank, which receives 40 percent of proceeds.

“Our troop does a lot of camping stuff, and it helps us pay for sites we want to go to,” said Queen Anne Scout Charlie Underdown with Troop 72.

Underdown has been in Scouts for three years, and said he’s helped sell about 30 trees since the lot opened in late November.

Jeff Coombs, Queen Anne Scout Troop 72 scoutmaster, was dealing with the 5 p.m. rush on Friday. He said half of the original 1,700 trees stocked at the lot had been sold, with 400 more to arrive at noon on Saturday.

“Last weekend was the biggest weekend I’d ever seen,” Coombs said, adding he expected this weekend to be similar.

The Christmas tree lot in the northeast corner of the Queen Anne Safeway parking lot is open 5-8 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekends.

Coombs said the time it takes to find the right tree varies.

“It varies from the people that just go, ‘That one,’ or the shoppers that take an hour,” he said.

Éle Brady and her family picked their tree up early.

“It was quite hard, because my dad is very picky about the Christmas tree,” she said.

This is Brady’s first year in the Scouts, which opened to girls this year.

“My brother was in it, so I wanted to join,” she said. “Also, because I really like camping.”

Brady said it was a lot of work getting the lot set up, including building the support frames for the trees, and it’s been fun working the lot.

“I like talking to people,” she said. “So, people ask questions like, what type of tree is it, or how to tell them apart,” she said.

There are several varieties of Christmas trees for sale at the lot, including Noble, Douglas and Frasers, and people can also purchase wreaths, garlands and mistletoe.

Queen Anne resident Katrina Fortney brought her children out to buy the family tree on Friday night. She said she’s been coming to the lot for more than five years now.

“It started out as a proximity thing and became a tradition, I would say,” Fortney said. “It’s a nice little community thing.”

Not only do the funds go to worthy causes, she said, but younger children get to watch big kids helping out their community.

The lot will remain open through Dec. 21, unless stock runs out before then.