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The 2013 88 foot tall Engelmann spruce was Colville National Forest in northeast Washington State on November 1st, Colville National Forest staff selected several tree candidates and in June the superintendent of the capitol grounds made the final selection of the official 2013 Capitol Christmas Tree.
The tree grew on the Newport District in Pend Oreille County. It was wrapped over a period of three days for its journey and will spend several weeks on the road visiting communities across the country before arriving at the U.S. Capital in time for Thanksgiving.
The Capitol Christmas Tree will travel with companion trees designated for offices around the capital, and more than 5,000 handmade ornaments. Youth ages 5-19 who submit ornaments will be entered to win a trip to Washington, D.C. to light the tree with House Speaker John Boehner at a ceremony in early December. After the lighting ceremony, the Capitol Christmas Tree will be lit nightly from dusk to 11:00 pm throughout the holiday season.
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