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Wyoming’s best Christmas tree ever

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Wyomingites have been busy getting 6,000 handcrafted ornaments ready for the National Christmas tree – the first ever from Wyoming. School children, seniors, and clubs from all over the state have been working like elves since last April. The decorative pieces will also trim 75 companion trees displayed throughout the Capitol. The Friendship Force of Cheyenne devoted the month of September to complete our hats and boots following the theme, Wyoming – Forever West. Our group has members as old as the tree selected – 83 years – for we have waited a long time to show off our state.

The 67-foot Englemann Spruce tree was chosen in July by the superintendent of U.S. Capitol Grounds in the Bridger-Teton National Forest near Jackson. The dark green tree is 67-feet tall, 30-feet in circumference at the bottom and weighs 6,000 pounds. The secret, chosen tree was watered, fertilized and monitored for pest control. Later the tree was sprayed with a waxy substance TransFilm to prevent water loss. Some dead branches were trimmed from the inside trunk. The tree was cut then hoisted by two cranes onto a double flatbed truck. The 24-inch tree trunk was placed in a special bladder as the tree rests in a custom cradle. A watering sock feeds it 65 gallons of water a day on its 4,590 mile trip to Washington, DC.

The Friendship Force’s three dozen boots and hats joined the other hand-made works of art and will travel in a separate semi that is part of a caravan of 12 vehicles that escort the tree east. The caravan left Jackson for a 10-day trip, Nov. 10-19, through Wyoming making 22 stops in communities celebrating the event. After it leaves Wyoming, The Peoples’ Tree as it is sometimes called, will travel through nine states arriving in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 28. Mary Cernicek, the forest service employee in charge of all the preparations, will accompany the caravan to the Capitol.

The perfect Christmas tree will then be lowered into a 5-foot hole and strung with 10,000 lights. The tree is topped by a single star used every year along with our ornaments. The tree will then be presented to Congress as a gift from Wyoming.

The special lighting ceremony will take place on Dec. 7. Wyoming’s congressional delegation, Rep. Cynthia Lummis, Sens. Mike Enzi and John Barrasso, and Gov. Dave Freudenthal will be present along with a special child chosen for the event. Speaker Nancy Pelosi will illuminate the tree. The tree will be open for public viewing throughout the holidays. The lights are turned off each night at 11 p.m.

Congratulations Wyoming! This is definitely the best Christmas tree ever.

Wyomingites have been busy getting 6,000 handcrafted ornaments ready for the National Christmas tree – the first ever from Wyoming. School children, seniors, and clubs from all over the state have been working like elves since last April. The decorative pieces will also trim 75 companion trees displayed throughout the Capitol. The Friendship Force of Cheyenne devoted the month of September to complete our hats and boots following the theme, Wyoming – Forever West. Our group has members as old as the tree selected – 83 years – for we have waited a long time to show off our state.

The 67-foot Englemann Spruce tree was chosen in July by the superintendent of U.S. Capitol Grounds in the Bridger-Teton National Forest near Jackson. The dark green tree is 67-feet tall, 30-feet in circumference at the bottom and weighs 6,000 pounds. The secret, chosen tree was watered, fertilized and monitored for pest control. Later the tree was sprayed with a waxy substance TransFilm to prevent water loss. Some dead branches were trimmed from the inside trunk. The tree was cut then hoisted by two cranes onto a double flatbed truck. The 24-inch tree trunk was placed in a special bladder as the tree rests in a custom cradle. A watering sock feeds it 65 gallons of water a day on its 4,590 mile trip to Washington, DC.

The Friendship Force’s three dozen boots and hats joined the other hand-made works of art and will travel in a separate semi that is part of a caravan of 12 vehicles that escort the tree east. The caravan left Jackson for a 10-day trip, Nov. 10-19, through Wyoming making 22 stops in communities celebrating the event. After it leaves Wyoming, The Peoples’ Tree as it is sometimes called, will travel through nine states arriving in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 28. Mary Cernicek, the forest service employee in charge of all the preparations, will accompany the caravan to the Capitol.

The perfect Christmas tree will then be lowered into a 5-foot hole and strung with 10,000 lights. The tree is topped by a single star used every year along with our ornaments. The tree will then be presented to Congress as a gift from Wyoming.

The special lighting ceremony will take place on Dec. 7. Wyoming’s congressional delegation, Rep. Cynthia Lummis, Sens. Mike Enzi and John Barrasso, and Gov. Dave Freudenthal will be present along with a special child chosen for the event. Speaker Nancy Pelosi will illuminate the tree. The tree will be open for public viewing throughout the holidays. The lights are turned off each night at 11 p.m.

Congratulations Wyoming! This is definitely the best Christmas tree ever.

Wyomingites have been busy getting 6,000 handcrafted ornaments ready for the National Christmas tree – the first ever from Wyoming. School children, seniors, and clubs from all over the state have been working like elves since last April. The decorative pieces will also trim 75 companion trees displayed throughout the Capitol. The Friendship Force of Cheyenne devoted the month of September to complete our hats and boots following the theme, Wyoming – Forever West. Our group has members as old as the tree selected – 83 years – for we have waited a long time to show off our state.

The 67-foot Englemann Spruce tree was chosen in July by the superintendent of U.S. Capitol Grounds in the Bridger-Teton National Forest near Jackson. The dark green tree is 67-feet tall, 30-feet in circumference at the bottom and weighs 6,000 pounds. The secret, chosen tree was watered, fertilized and monitored for pest control. Later the tree was sprayed with a waxy substance TransFilm to prevent water loss. Some dead branches were trimmed from the inside trunk. The tree was cut then hoisted by two cranes onto a double flatbed truck. The 24-inch tree trunk was placed in a special bladder as the tree rests in a custom cradle. A watering sock feeds it 65 gallons of water a day on its 4,590 mile trip to Washington, DC.

The Friendship Force’s three dozen boots and hats joined the other hand-made works of art and will travel in a separate semi that is part of a caravan of 12 vehicles that escort the tree east. The caravan left Jackson for a 10-day trip, Nov. 10-19, through Wyoming making 22 stops in communities celebrating the event. After it leaves Wyoming, The Peoples’ Tree as it is sometimes called, will travel through nine states arriving in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 28. Mary Cernicek, the forest service employee in charge of all the preparations, will accompany the caravan to the Capitol.

The perfect Christmas tree will then be lowered into a 5-foot hole and strung with 10,000 lights. The tree is topped by a single star used every year along with our ornaments. The tree will then be presented to Congress as a gift from Wyoming.

The special lighting ceremony will take place on Dec. 7. Wyoming’s congressional delegation, Rep. Cynthia Lummis, Sens. Mike Enzi and John Barrasso, and Gov. Dave Freudenthal will be present along with a special child chosen for the event. Speaker Nancy Pelosi will illuminate the tree. The tree will be open for public viewing throughout the holidays. The lights are turned off each night at 11 p.m.

Congratulations Wyoming! This is definitely the best Christmas tree ever.

Wyomingites have been busy getting 6,000 handcrafted ornaments ready for the National Christmas tree – the first ever from Wyoming. School children, seniors, and clubs from all over the state have been working like elves since last April. The decorative pieces will also trim 75 companion trees displayed throughout the Capitol. The Friendship Force of Cheyenne devoted the month of September to complete our hats and boots following the theme, Wyoming – Forever West. Our group has members as old as the tree selected – 83 years – for we have waited a long time to show off our state.

The 67-foot Englemann Spruce tree was chosen in July by the superintendent of U.S. Capitol Grounds in the Bridger-Teton National Forest near Jackson. The dark green tree is 67-feet tall, 30-feet in circumference at the bottom and weighs 6,000 pounds. The secret, chosen tree was watered, fertilized and monitored for pest control. Later the tree was sprayed with a waxy substance TransFilm to prevent water loss. Some dead branches were trimmed from the inside trunk. The tree was cut then hoisted by two cranes onto a double flatbed truck. The 24-inch tree trunk was placed in a special bladder as the tree rests in a custom cradle. A watering sock feeds it 65 gallons of water a day on its 4,590 mile trip to Washington, DC.

The Friendship Force’s three dozen boots and hats joined the other hand-made works of art and will travel in a separate semi that is part of a caravan of 12 vehicles that escort the tree east. The caravan left Jackson for a 10-day trip, Nov. 10-19, through Wyoming making 22 stops in communities celebrating the event. After it leaves Wyoming, The Peoples’ Tree as it is sometimes called, will travel through nine states arriving in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 28. Mary Cernicek, the forest service employee in charge of all the preparations, will accompany the caravan to the Capitol.

The perfect Christmas tree will then be lowered into a 5-foot hole and strung with 10,000 lights. The tree is topped by a single star used every year along with our ornaments. The tree will then be presented to Congress as a gift from Wyoming.

The special lighting ceremony will take place on Dec. 7. Wyoming’s congressional delegation, Rep. Cynthia Lummis, Sens. Mike Enzi and John Barrasso, and Gov. Dave Freudenthal will be present along with a special child chosen for the event. Speaker Nancy Pelosi will illuminate the tree. The tree will be open for public viewing throughout the holidays. The lights are turned off each night at 11 p.m.

Congratulations Wyoming! This is definitely the best Christmas tree ever.


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