Capital Christmas Tree rolls through Tonasket

Tonasket students line the  street as the Capital Christmas Tree caravan speeds by on  Wednesday, Nov. 6. Brent Baker/staff photos

Tonasket students line the street as the Capital Christmas Tree caravan speeds by on Wednesday, Nov. 6. Brent Baker/staff photos

The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree passed through Tonasket on Wednesday, Nov. 6, to the delight of much of the Tonasket School

Students wave as the treed heads off to D.C. via Tonasket and Wenatchee.

Students wave as the treed heads off to D.C. via Tonasket and Wenatchee.

District students, who lined the hill along SR-20 to catch a glimpse of the caravan on its way to Washington, D.C. This year’s tree grew on the Newport District of the U.S. National Forest in Pend Oreille County. According to the tree’s official website, it was wrapped over a period of three days and will be visiting communities across the country before arriving in Washington in time for Thanksgiving.

The tree stopped in Republic for a ceremony and was later on display in Wenatchee that evening. Last year, a group of Tonasket fourth graders made Christmas ornaments made from Mt. St. Helens ash that were traveling with the tree, as well as companion trees that will be designated for offices around the capitol.

About Brent Baker

Brent is a reporter for the Gazette-Tribune. Prior to working at the G-T, he was the sports editor for Sunrise Publishing from 2000-2005 in Michigan. He subsequently owned and operated Buckland Media, a high school sports website, in Michigan until 2010. He and his wife Kim, who have an adult son, moved to Tonasket in 2010. Brent started work at the G-T in 2011.

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