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Capitol Christmas Tree to stop in Glenwood Springs

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – On its journey from the White River National Forest near Meeker to the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., the 2012 Capitol Christmas Tree will make a stop in Glenwood Springs.

The stop is presently set for 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7, in the parking lot of the Glenwood Springs Mall.

In early November, the tree will be cut down on the Blanco Ranger District, wrapped for a cross-country trip and loaded onto a custom-decorated Mack Pinnacle truck. Former U.S. Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell of Ignacio will be at the wheel.

The truck will transport the tree more than 3,000 miles, with stops in more than 30 cities and towns over the course of 23 days.

In Colorado, the tree is scheduled for a parting celebration in Meeker, and to also make stops in Rangely, Steamboat Springs, Dillon, Grand Junction, Montrose, Cortez, Pagosa Springs, Alamosa, Colorado Springs, Denver, Greeley and La Junta.

“The tree’s journey is an incredible opportunity for residents of Glenwood Springs to celebrate an American tradition as it passes through their city,” said Bruce Ward, founder of Choose Outdoors and national director for the Capitol Christmas Tree project.

From Colorado, the tree will travel through New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia and Pennsylvania.

Upon arrival in Washington, D.C., the tree will be placed on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol and decorated with more than 5,000 ornaments handmade by Colorado children depicting the tree’s theme, “Celebrating the Great Outdoors.”

Children who submit ornaments are eligible to enter a drawing to win a trip to the nation’s capital to light the tree with Speaker of the House of Representatives, John Boehner at a ceremony in early December.

After the lighting ceremony, the Capitol Christmas Tree will be available for public viewing throughout the holiday season. The tree is lit nightly from dusk until 11 p.m.

The Capitol Christmas Tree is a gift to the country from the U.S. Forest Service and the White River National Forest, the nonprofit Choose Outdoors, and sponsors, including the Colorado Tourism Office, Mack Trucks and the National Association of Convenience Stores.

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