Tipton to Participate in U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Tuesday
WASHINGTON, D.C.—A lighting ceremony for the 2012 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, a 73 foot Engelmann Spruce from the White River National Forest in Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District, will take place on Tuesday, December 4 at 5:00 p.m. (ET) on the West Front of the Capitol. Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) who participated in the tree’s harvest near Meeker will speak at the ceremony, as will Senators Mark Udall (CO) and Michael Bennet (CO).
“Coloradans are proud to give the gift of the ‘People’s Tree’ to our nation. This tree, a small piece of our state’s abundant natural beauty, has made an incredible journey across the nation to arrive at the U.S. Capitol where it will shine brightly during the holiday season,” said Tipton.
The tree traveled across the country on a truck and trailer driven by former U.S. Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell (CO). It will be decorated with nearly 5000 ornaments that were handmade by Coloradans and embody the ‘Celebrating Our Great Outdoors’ theme.
Youth ages five to 19 were eligible to submit ornaments and be entered to win a trip to Washington, D.C. to light the tree with Speaker John Boehner at the ceremony. Ryan Schuster, 17, from Colorado Springs was selected in a random drawing and will assist Speaker Boehner with the Capitol tree lighting.
The tree lighting ceremony is open to the public and does not require a ticket.