US Capitol Christmas tree coming to Grand Junction

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- A tree that will soon be in the national spotlight is making a stop in the Grand Valley.

This tree will be the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree, and it's coming to Grand Junction.

The 80-foot Engelmann Spruce is on a 3,000-mile journey to Washington DC from it's birthplace in western Idaho.

This is the second US Capitol tree to come from Idaho.

Instead of the usual chainsaw method, workers used a crosscut saw as a way of honoring the traditional logging skills used in the region.

Grand Junction is one of 15 stops the tree is making across the country.

On Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., residents can see the tree in person at the Cabela's parking lot. Santa will also be available for pictures.

Games, crafts and refreshments will be available as well.

Don't forget to send us your pictures!

After it's stop on the Western Slope, the tree will head to Glenwood Springs, then to Denver.

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