Saturday, 17 days before Christmas, a Christmas tree sale on East Main Street was expected to hit a milestone.
The Westborough Civic Club ordered about 1,600 Canadian Balsams from Nova Scotia to sell at the group’s lone fundraiser starting right after Thanksgiving, President Bill Coveney said.
Tree sales were expected to pass 50 percent on Saturday, he said.
“This will be the busiest weekend of the year,” Coveney said.
The hours at the Tufts Machine Lot, 55 East Main St., are 1 to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The sale ends on Christmas, or earlier if the trees are sold out.
The trees sell for $5 and up, Coveney said.
“We’re told by many tree growers that have attempted to get our business over the years that we’re one of the largest stands in New England,” he said.
“We’ll go through close to 1,600 trees.”
The trees sell for $5 and up.
The proceeds benefit the causes the civic club supports.
“One of the great things about this particular lot is people know that the money goes right back to the town,” Coveney said.
“So, our customers are here year after year after year, knowing full well that if their kids are in Little League, all the Little Leagues have a civic club team. When people come here, they know the money is going right back into another good cause.”
Community groups also volunteer at the fundraiser.
This year, the Westborough High School hockey team helped unload the first 800 trees trucked here from Nova Scotia the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Coveney said.
Area Boy Scouts have helped out in a number areas, including “helping us uncut the ropes off of trees, and tie price tags,” he said. And the high school football team helped out during the second week.
The most popular trees are the 7 to 8-footers, Coveney said, which come in thinner, medium grade and full grade.
“The fullest we have is by far the most popular,” he said.