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U.S. National Christmas Tree and Kansas State Capitol Tree in Perry, Kansas

Each year, a different National Forest is selected to provide a tree for the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol for the Christmas season. The Willamette National Forest, in partnership with nonprofit partners Choose Outdoors and Travel Oregon, will bring this year’s tree from Oregon to Washington, D.C. for the 2018 season, involving more than 25 communities along the way. The U.S. Capital Christmas Tree and the Kansas State Capitol Tree will make a stop in Perry on Nov. 20, from noon-2 p.m., at Perry-Lecompton Middle School.

Sponsored by Perry Pride, the festivities during the trees’ visit to Perry will include remarks by Gov. Jeff Colyer, M.D., an appearance by Santa, a visit with Smokey Bear, hot cocoa and cookies, live music and more. Activities are open to the public and free for all to enjoy.

“We are honored that the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree will visit Perry on its journey to Washington, D.C.,” said City of Perry Mayor Mike Lang. “Our community looks forward to being a part of this gift to the nation and the joy it will bring to our own community this holiday.”

In conjunction with the delivery of the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, the Kansas Forest Service and Kansas Christmas Tree Growers Association will deliver the Kansas Governor’s Christmas tree and wreath to Cedar Crest on the morning on November 20. The tree, provided by Willy and Mary Goevert of 4 C Tree farm in Wichita, Kansas, and wreath, provided by Chris Seets of Chris’ Tree Lodge in Abilene, Kansas, are part of an annual tradition sponsored by the KCTGA. 

“It is very exciting to partner with the Kansas Christmas Tree Growers Association in the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree journey.,” said Dave Bruton, Marketing and Utilization Forester with the Kansas Forest Service. “A fresh, Kansas Christmas tree is an excellent way to celebrate the holidays and promote a key component of the Kansas forest products industry.”

Following the morning delivery of the Governor Colyer’s tree and wreath, the Kansas State Capitol Tree and trees donated to the Trees for Troops program will arrive in Perry on a wagon pulled by a team of horses provided by Cecil and Robert Carter.

When the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree celebration ends, a Christmas tree will be delivered by Robin Dunn on her stage coach to the Kansas State Capitol. The tree is provided by Bob and Patsy Scott of Prairie Pines in Maize, Kansas.

Please join us in celebrating the journey of the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree and the delivery of the Kansas State Capitol trees and wreath on November 20.