While browsing the 21 Gallery of Trees entries at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center on Saturday, Minden resident LaVerne Jory couldn't decide which tree she liked best.“I'm thinking about voting for the Basque tree because the Basque people are the history of Nevada and the Old West. I usually vote for four,” Jory said. “People put so much of their time and thought into their trees, the least we can do is come look.”In addition to the trees, there were 22 decorated gingerbread houses to vote for, and 1,200 cookies for sale during the historical society's annual Holiday Gala.Dawn Ripper of Minden had no trouble deciding which tree to cast her vote for — the Douglas County Republican Women's.“We're all veterans in my family, and it means a lot to have the pictures of families on the tree,” she said of the “Home of the Free Because of the Brave” tree. “I come every year because it's the Christmas spirit with all the trees. It's something for young and old, and a nice community feeling.”For Michelle Banning and her 5-year-old son, Carl, Saturday was their first Holiday Gala having moved to Stateline in September.“It's amazing. We don't have anything like this in Atlanta,” Michelle said. “This is incredible.”“I like the reindeer one,” Carl said referring to Grace Bower's “Victorian Holiday” tree. “My nani and pop pop, have a giant one.”The Carson Valley Arts Council's “Shoe Tree” contained 30 individually decorated shoes, plus smaller plain shoes.“We've been working on and off all year. We're very pleased with it,” arts council member Dennis Little said. “I hope we do great. Technically, I hope it's a 16-way tie with all the trees, but personally it wouldn't upset me if we were a tiny bit ahead.”Genoa resident Lin Lopes checked out the gingerbread houses after voting for a friend's tree.“They are very well done. I'm impressed,” she said of the houses. “I wouldn't have the patience. I tried once and I couldn't get the pieces to stick.”The smell of more than 1,000 cookies wafted up the stairs from the cookie walk in the basement.Organizers said they had 125 customers in the first hour.Dorothy Scossa, Barbara Smallwood and Terry Capton-Snell were grateful for the community support.“People need to know how the community has responded to the museum in the cookie walk,” Capton-Snell said. “We know the economy is hurting, however, people opened up their hearts and brought in over 100 dozen cookies.”Voting for gingerbread houses is open until noon, Dec. 14. Voting for the trees ends Dec. 31.For more information, call 782-2555.