Boise girl lights U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree | KTVB.COM
The 2016 Capitol Christmas Tree lighting was held on December 6th on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree was lit by the Speaker of the House, Paul D. Ryan and Isabella Gerad, a fifth grader from Boise
SELECTING THE TREE
For more than 50 years a tree has lit up the west lawn of the US Capitol, and since 1970 a national forest has been selected to provide the tree. This year the Payette National Forest has been selected to provide that tree. The tree was harvested from the Little Ski Hill and taken to the McCall Airport to be packaged and prepared for the cross country trip. Click here to find out more about how the tree was selected. The Payette workers used a traditional cross cut saw honoring the logging of old, a process that has never been used on previous trees sent to the US Capitol.
HOLIDAY PARADE IN MCCALL
The McCall Holiday Parade on Saturday November 5th launched the trip of the tree that will travel from McCall to the US Capitol in Washington, D.C. The Payette National Forest was selected to choose a tree. The 80 foot Engelmann Spruce was harvested on November 2nd After being prepared for transportation across the country, the tree started it’s journey in downtown McCall on Saturday November 5th. KTVB News covered the parade and the story of the tree. Click Here to view the video of the Holiday Parade in McCall. Almost too big to photograph, the truck trailer hauling the holiday tree is 80 feet long as opposed to a standard semi trailer which is about 50 feet.
LET THE 3000 MILE JOURNEY BEGIN
Click here to track the route the tree will make and where it is right now. And of course, you can’t send a holiday tree from Idaho to the US Capitol without a companion, so we sent a 50 foot potato. The Big Idaho Potato Truck will carry with it 18,000 handmade ornaments representing the state of Idaho. 70 companion trees were also harvested from Payette National Forest. They will appear in various offices throughout Washington D.C. The tree will travel around the state of Idaho until the 15th of November. Then it will make it’s way across the country and arrive in Washington, DC about one month from when it was harvested. The tree lighting is scheduled around December 6th.
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