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Who's decorating this tree and bike in northern SLO County?

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The "Happy Tree" located on the side of Hwy 58 near Red Hill Road is dressed up with seasonal decorations all year long. The "Happy Tree" located on the side of Hwy 58 near Red Hill Road is dressed up with seasonal decorations all year long.
An abandoned bike at the corner of Vineyard & Main in Templeton has been decorated for the MidState Fair by an anonymous artist. An abandoned bike at the corner of Vineyard & Main in Templeton has been decorated for the MidState Fair by an anonymous artist.

There are two anonymous artists in northern San Luis Obispo County whose unique decorations are turning heads and creating curiosity. 

While their identities are still unknown, KSBY News talked with people familiar with the decorators. 

There's an abandoned bike at the corner of Vineyard Drive and Main Street in Templeton. 

"I think maybe it got locked up at the end of the school year and nobody had the key and there it sat," said Templeton Chamber of Commerce CEO Sarah Maggelet. 

The bike has become the talk of the town. 

"At some point about a year ago, all of a sudden, the bike itself was decorated and it was in something, a theme that worked with whatever month it was," Maggelet said. 

This month, it's done up for the California Mid-State Fair. 

"They lifted up the rear tire of the bicycle, so it almost looks like a bucking bronco," she said. "Now, it's kind of become this thing that people are expecting and every month it seems that the mysterious decorator tops what they did the month before."

Maggelet is the only person who knows the identity of the bike decorator. 

"It is someone who is fairly new to the community," she revealed. 

Sworn to secrecy, Maggelet says the artist wishes to remain anonymous but loves their new home in Templeton and "just felt like he or she wanted to do something funky and fun for the community."

Take Highway 58 out toward the Carrisa Plains and you'll find another anonymously decorated sight near Red Hill Road and the entrance to the Los Padres National Forest. 

Staci Hayes lives out in the Carrisa Plains and sees what she's dubbed the "Happy Tree" on her daily commute. 

"It's just this fun, little, happy smile in the middle of this long stretch of highway," Hayes said. 

Hayes documents the tree's latest seasonal and holiday decorations on Instagram. 

Right now, it is decorated for summer with bright suns, flip flops, sand shovels and Hawaiian leis. 

Earlier in July, the tree was adorned in red, white and blue for the Fourth of July. 

Hayes captured the tree's St. Patrick's Day and Easter decorations earlier this year, too. 

"It's been an interesting, fun journey to see who contributes to it," Hayes said. "I saw a mom and a little boy on Valentine's Day and he added his own little heart to it and we all have talked about it, my whole family."

Her cousin, Darrell Twisselman, is the only person known to have talked to the decorator. 

"Those decorations of his is like a smile to me," 85-year-old Twisselman said. 

There is also a decorated tree stump in the Temblor Range near Twisselman's property. That's where Twisselman finally saw the decorator and stopped to talk to him. 

"I said, 'Well, what are you doing here? What's the idea?' and he says, 'This was my wife's favorite spot here and the one Red Hill,'" Twisselman recalls.   

Twisselman lost the slip of paper on which he had written down the man's name and phone number. 

"We believe he lives in Atascadero and that he goes to visit family in the San Joaquin Valley," Hayes said. 

Beyond that, the Happy Tree decorator's identity remains a mystery. 

"I kind of like the mystery of it," Hayes said. "It just makes me smile and I hope it gets back to the decorators that we do appreciate it."

"It just makes you feel good when you see it," Twisselman said. 

Carrisa Plains residents hope the Happy Tree decorations become a longstanding community tradition. 

As for the bike in Templeton, the artist is reportedly open to guest artists taking a turn at decorating the bike. If that's something that interests you, contact the Templeton Chamber of Commerce by calling (805) 434-1789. 

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