Colorado’s Gift to the Nation
Amarillo, TX – The City of Amarillo, the Amarillo Convention and Visitor Council, Center City of Amarillo and many other organizations are pleased to announce that Amarillo will once again serve as a host city for the Capitol Christmas Tree as it makes its way to Washington, D.C. Special events are slated for Wednesday, Nov. 14 from 4-6 p.m., as the 2012 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree stops in Amarillo for an overnight visit. The tree will be on display along 4th St. in downtown Amarillo, between the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts and the Downtown Amarillo Public Library. This stop will be one of many along the tree’s 23-day tour across the country on its way to the nation’s capital. All local festivities related to the tree are free and open to the public.
In addition to viewing this beautiful tree, you can enjoy holiday activities, sign a giant Christmas card, take pictures with Santa and enjoy holiday music by the Golden Spread Chorus. There will be a welcome from Center City of Amarillo and the City of Amarillo, a live remote broadcast from KGNC FM, refreshments, the Amarillo Fire Department’s Fire Safety House and visits from Rampage – the Amarillo Bulls Mascot and Amarillo Parks and Recreation mascots Roxie and Sammy.
As the tree travels the country, it carries a message about sustainable forestry as well as invites people to assist with raising funds for the Forest Restoration Challenge. This challenge was set up to help areas impacted by the massive wildfires which devastated areas near Colorado Springs and Fort Collins in the spring of 2012. Those interested in donating can text any dollar amount to 303-502-5858. Donors will then be asked for some basic information to complete the donation. In addition, Toys for Tots will be accepting toy donations and Rotary International will accept contributions of coats and nonperishable foods.
The U.S. Forest Service and their non-profit partner, Choose Outdoors, are organizing the trip from White River National Forest near Meeker, CO to Washington, D.C. The tree will be wrapped and transported to the capitol on a custom-decorated Mack Pinnacle Truck.
Upon arrival in Washington, D.C., the tree will be placed on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol and decorated with more than 5,000 ornaments handmade by Colorado children depicting the tree’s theme, “Celebrating the Great Outdoors.” In early December, a tree lighting ceremony will take place and will be available for public viewing throughout the holiday season.
Costs associated with the tree’s transportation and tour events are made possible by contributions by individuals, corporations and local communities. Major sponsors include the Colorado Tourism Office, Mack Trucks and The National Association of Convenience Stores.
For more information on the Capitol Christmas Tree’s visit to Amarillo, contact Sonja Gross in Amarillo Community Relations at 806-378-3549. You may also track the tree’s route visit at www.CapitolChristmasTree2012.com or follow the tree on Facebook (www.facebook.com/CapitolChristmasTree2012), Twitter (www.twitter.com/CapitolTree2012) or Pinterest (www.pinterest.com/capitoltree2012).
About Choose Outdoors:
Choose Outdoors is a coalition for outdoor recreation comprised of people and organizations who are passionate about outdoor recreation, support public lands, waters, and the agencies charged with their care. www.chooseoutdoors.org
About the White River National Forest:
The 2.3 million acre White River National Forest is located in west/central Colorado. Providing a vast array of outdoor recreation experiences, White River hosts more than 9 million visitors per year and is the number one forest for recreation in the country. In addition to world-class recreation and abundant wildlife populations, White River supports activities such as grazing, timber harvest, mining, and oil and gas development that are crucial to the economies of western Colorado. www.fs.usda.gov/whiteriver