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Crews decorating Capitol Christmas Tree

Posted: 12:21 PM, Nov 20, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-20 19:21:31Z
Crews decorating Capitol Christmas Tree
Crews decorating Capitol Christmas Tree
Crews decorating Capitol Christmas Tree
Crews decorating Capitol Christmas Tree

Workers from the Department of Administration's Facility Services Department were as busy as Santa’s elves Tuesday, adorning the Idaho Capitol Christmas tree with thousands of LED lights.

The tree was cut Monday from the Bammel residence in the 3400 block of S. Coleridge Place in southeast Boise.

The blue spruce started out as the family's live Christmas tree almost thirty years ago. “It was decorated each year," Brad Bammel said, "until it grew higher than a reach with a broom handle from his tallest step-ladder.”  

The relocation process was a joint effort. The Department of Lands cut and rigged the tree for lifting, Boise Crane loaded it, and the Idaho Transportation Department hauled the tree to its destination at the Statehouse. Boise Police provided the escort. 

Governor “Butch” Otter and First Lady Lori Otter are scheduled to host the official Tree Lighting Ceremony at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, November 26th on the Statehouse steps.