Not only will this year's Capitol Christmas tree come from the White River National Forest and feature decorations made by Rifle preschoolers and kindergartners, a local business will play a role, too.
Brook Loving, owner of Summit Sun Screen Printing, screenprinted the Capitol Christmas tree logo onto 78 tree skirts this week. The skirts were made by Girl Scouts from across Colorado, he said.
"I was honored to be involved," Loving said.
It took him about three or four minutes per skirt to screen print the 10-inch by 12-inch multi-colored logo, he added.
Forest officials contacted Loving about three months ago and asked if he would be interested in participating in the project, he said.
"I donated more than half the cost," Loving added. "It was more an honor to be asked than anything else."
Loving said his company name will also be listed on the Capitol Christmas Tree website and Facebook page.
The tree skirts were packaged for the trip to Washington, D.C., on Wednesday and will be distributed to federal officials and departments as part of the Capitol Christmas Tree program, Loving said.
Recently, Emmanuel Lutheran Preschool and Kindergarten students, as well as some in Garfield School District Re-2, made wooden decorations to be hung on the tree.
The 73-foot Engelmann spruce will be harvested in early November from a secret site near Meeker.
The tree will be transported to the nation's capital on a specially decorated Mack Pinnacle model truck, driven by former U.S. Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell of Colorado.
The truck will haul the tree more than 3,000 miles over 23 days, stopping in various Colorado communities andother states on its way to our nation's capital in late November.