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Capitol Christmas tree to pass through Eastern Oregon on Sunday

Capitol Christmas tree to pass through Eastern Oregon on Sunday

The 2013 Capitol Tree

The 2013 Capitol Tree

The 2013 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, a gift from Washington State, will be passing through Eastern Oregon along Interstate 84 on Sunday, November 10, 2013. The special Christmas tree can be tracked to see when it will be passing through La Grande and Baker City. The 88-foot long Engelmann Spruce, that came off the Newport Ranger District of the Colville National Forest, will travel across country to make its way to our Nation’s capitol. Unfortunately, none of the official stops along the way are in Eastern Oregon, but if you’re along I-84 at the right time you’ll get a chance to witness this adventure.

The 2013 theme “Sharing Washington’s Good Nature” highlights the natural resources, scenic beauty, and amazing people in Washington State. “This tree is Washington’s gift to the nation and people throughout the state are excited by this honor.” said U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Coordinator Jennifer Knutson.

The tree is an 88-foot tall Engelmann Spruce; there are also 65 ‘companion’ trees, tree skirts, and thousands of ornaments going east. Schoolchildren and citizens of Washington donated all these items so that the tree reflects the people and culture of Washington State. Private sponsors have donated labor, funding, transportation, and other items to make this possible.

Woodsy Owl and Smokey Bear with the Capitol Tree

Woodsy Owl and Smokey Bear with the Capitol Tree

The tree will visit dozens of communities before arriving in D.C. on November 25, 2013. After approximately a week of preparation, the tree will be lit to great fanfare; the time and date of the lightning will be announced by the Speaker of the House. Joining the Speaker in lighting with tree will be six year old Giovanni Gaynor, a first-grader from Colville, WA, and members of the Washington Congressional Delegation. Giovanni won the trip to D.C. when his name was chosen from among the children who made ornaments for the tree.



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