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Capitol Christmas tree making Will County stops

Karen Sorensen | 11/3/2014, 12:08 p.m.
The white spruce is traveling from Minnesota to Washington, D.C., and will be in our neck of the woods on ...
The U.S. Capitol Christmas tree is erected on the West Lawn of the Capitol Building and will be lit in a special ceremony on Dec. 2.

Superintendent of Capitol Grounds Ted Bechtol (left) reviews a candidate for the 2014 Capitol Christmas Tree with Forester Mary LaPlant, the 2014 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Team Lead.

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Superintendent of Capitol Grounds Ted Bechtol (left) reviews a candidate for the 2014 Capitol Christmas Tree with Forester Mary LaPlant, the 2014 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Team Lead.

The U.S. Capitol Christmas tree will be crossing through Will County Nov. 12 as it makes its 2,000-mile trek from Minnesota's Chippewa National Forest to Washington, D.C.

Two stops are planned in the county: from noon to 2 p.m., it will be at Wilmington High School, 209 Wildcat Court, and from 6 to 8 p.m., it will be at Elwood Village Hall, 401 E. Mississippi Ave.

During the latter stop, officials will also light the town's Christmas tree and hold a holiday festival featuring a downtown light tour, photos with Santa, crafts, refreshments and movies.

The white spruce was harvested on Oct. 29 and will arrive in Washington on Nov. 21. U.S. House Speaker John Boehner will flip the switch on the decorated tree during a Dec. 2 ceremony on the Capitol's West Lawn.

Ted Bechtel, superintendent of the Capitol Grounds, said in a blog that this particular tree was chosen because of its perfect conical shape, necessary for it to be viewed from all sides, straight stem, uniform branching and natural density.

Erecting a Capital Christmas Tree has been a tradition since 1964.