Capitol Christmas Tree Stops Today in Sheridan

The 74-foot tall spruce that will stand on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol as the official Christmas tree is making only 13 stops on its way to Washington from Alaska, and it took one person to plant the seed to make sure one of the stops on its 5,000-mile trek was Sheridan.

Dixie Johnson of the Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce said that person was one of our state legislators.

The tree stop in Sheridan is scheduled for this morning. A ceremony has been planned at 8:30 in the parking lot at the Holiday Inn. The tree is being provided by the U.S. Forest Service. In an interview earlier this month with Sheridan Media, Ranger Amy Ormseth of the Bighorn National Forest, said the forest service has provided the Capitol Christmas tree, each year, for more than half a century.

Still, she said, it’s been five years since the Capitol Christmas tree has made a stop in Sheridan. She said the welcoming ceremony is open to the public and the celebration will include an address from Sheridan Mayor John Heath. Following the program, people will be given the opportunity to sign the banner accompanying the tree. And, parents, Smokey the Bear and Santa and Mrs. Claus are traveling with the tree, along with the band, Blackwater Railroad.

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