2012 Capitol Christmas tree hails from Tri-State member service area

One week from today, the 2012 Capitol Christmas Tree will be harvested from the White River National Forest, just outside of Meeker, Colo.

The tree is growing within the area served by Tri-State member White River Electric, and the co-op is working with the local forest district office to assist in the transportation of the tree as it tours the U.S. along its way to Washington, D.C.

The celebration will kick off on Saturday, Nov. 3 in Meeker before departing for a tour throughout Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia and Pennsylvania. It will be delivered to the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol on Nov. 26.

It is estimated that the tree selected will be approximately 60 feet tall. Additional “companion trees” will be harvested nearby and delivered to the Washington, D.C. area for placement in congressional and senate offices, as well as in the United States Supreme Court.

Colorado residents will provide 5,000 ornaments for the outdoor tree and 1,000 ornaments for the indoor companion trees. One lucky student from the state will be selected to officially light the tree at the annual lighting ceremony.

Each year since 1970, it has become an honor for one National Forest in the U.S. to be selected to provide the Capitol Tree. The opportunity becomes a state-wide celebration and civic event.

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