State officials say the 88-foot tall spruce tree headed from northeast Washington to the U.S. Capitol lawn for Christmas is on display Friday afternoon in Olympia. The state Department of Enterprise Services says the Engelmann spruce will be on the south diagonal of the state Capitol Campus from 4 to 6 p.m.
The agency said hot chocolate and candy canes will be given out, and Gov. Jay Inslee is making remarks at about 5:15.
The tree is moving by truck and trailer from the Colville National Forest in Pend Oreille County, where it was cut Nov. 1, to Washington, D.C. It is to arrive by Thanksgiving.
In a news release, DES said:
The truck and trailer transporting the tree is more than 100 feet long, so its estimated 2 p.m. arrival and 6:15 p.m. departure could impact campus traffic, especially near the intersection of Capitol Way and Sid Snyder Avenue. Every year since 1964, a tree has been cut from a national or state forest for use as the Capitol Christmas Tree. This year's tree is the second tallest one ever chosen and the second time a tree has been chosen from Washington. After the tree was cut, a large bladder filled with water was attached to the trunk to keep it fresh for the cross-country trip. The Capitol Christmas Tree will travel with 80 smaller trees that will be used for decorating federal government offices.
U.S. House Speaker John Boehner will light the Capitol Christmas Tree at a ceremony in early December.