TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KLIX) – Hundreds of people gathered Monday evening at City Park to see the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree – something Magic Valley residents don’t have the opportunity to see every year.

Photo by Andrew Weeks
Photo by Andrew Weeks

Twin Falls was the last of 15 stops in the Gem State that the tree made before embarking Tuesday on its journey to the nation’s capital.

The top of the 80-foot Engelmann spruce, which was harvested from the Little Ski Hill near McCall in the Payette National Forest, was visible in a trailer at the park. People signed their names or wrote greetings on banners attached to the trailer. The Idaho Potato Commission's giant spud sat on another trailer, where people also signed their names or posed for photos.

Once set up on the lawn of the Capitol, it will be decorated with thousands of ornaments created by Idahoans. The tree will officially be lighted on Dec. 6, celebrating the 2016 Christmas Season.

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