Grand Rapids, Minnesota (October 23, 2014) – The 2014 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree will be making a stop in Grand Rapids on its way to Washington D.C. on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 from 11am-1pm. The location of the tree will be at the Old Kremer’s Parking Lot next to M&H Gas Station on 4th Street in downtown Grand Rapids.
The 2014 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree will be coming from the Chippewa National Forest this year. Minnesota Logger of the Year, Jim Scheff, will have the honor of cutting the tree at a ceremony that will take place on October 29, 2014. A traditional blessing ceremony will take place by the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe members. This cutting ceremony will be the first step in a 2,000 mile cross-country journey to bring the 88-foot tall white spruce to the U.S. Capitol. The tree will be transported on a 100-foot truck and trailer. “The 2014 U.S. Capitol Christmas tree will showcase our state’s natural beauty for the entire country to see,” said U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar. “This will truly be a memorable event,” noted Lenz. “This is a chance to acknowledge all of the hard work and dedication of Forest staff, partners and community members.”
The 2014 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree stop in Grand Rapids, Minnesota is just one of the more than 30 stops it will make through local communities, Minnesota and the Midwest on its way to Washington D.C. The tree lighting ceremony will be scheduled in early December, as determined by U.S. Rep. John Boehner, Speaker of the House. The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, City of Grand Rapids, Itasca County and Visit Grand Rapids helped to coordinate the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree event happening in Grand Rapids. The keynote speaker will be Jack Rajala, Rajala Lumber Company, who will present on the economic impact of timber to Minnesota. First 100 will receive interactive coloring books titled “One Tiny Seed, Many Amazing Jobs” that are sponsored by: Minnesota Power. The event is being sponsored by: KOZY/KMFY and Grand Rapids Herald Review/Manney’s. Coffee, hot chocolate and cookies will be available for sale at the event.
For updates on the 2014 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, dates and times for events happening in local communities visit www.capitolchristmastree.com, and to track the Tree as it travels across the country visit http://bit.ly/treedev.