The Capitol Christmas Tree is Coming to Sheridan

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(Photo by Ron Richter)
(Photo by Ron Richter)

A 74-foot Lutz spruce tree will soon be making its way from the Chugach National Forest in Alaska where it was harvested, to the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol building in Washington D.C. The Capitol Christmas Tree will make 13 stops along its 5,000 mile journey, and Sheridan has been selected as one of those stops on the route.

District Ranger Amy Ormseth of the Tongue Ranger District of the Bighorn National Forest said the tree and its caretakers will arrive in Sheridan for a community celebration at 8:30 Tuesday morning, November 10, in the north parking lot of the Sheridan Holiday Inn. She said that the forest service has provided the tree for the Capitol for over 50 years, and that it’s been several years since its come through Sheridan.

Ormseth said that the community celebration will include comments from Mayor John Heath, an opportunity for people to sign the banner accompanying the tree, appearances by Smokey the Bear, Santa and Mrs.Claus, and live music by the Blackwater Railroad band, which is traveling with the tree.

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