State supplies Christmas tree

Mitch Lies/Capital Press <br /> Volunteers, prison inmates and state workers prop up a 28-foot tall grand fir Christmas tree Nov. 23 at the Oregon Capitol, marking the start of the Capitol's holiday celebration. The tree hails from the Tillamook State Forest.

SALEM, Ore. -- A 28-foot-tall grand fir Christmas tree made its way by flatbed truck from the Tillamook State Forest to the Oregon Capitol Nov. 23, marking the start of the Capitol holiday season.

Joan Walker, the Capitol's visitor services supervisor, said the tree is the tallest she's seen in her 10 years at the Capitol.

"We've been saving this tree for just this situation," joked Gordon Dana, a camp manager for the Oregon Department of Forestry.

Oregon Christmas tree growers donated several smaller trees that are on display throughout the Capitol Rotunda.

More than 100 school choirs from around the state will perform in the rotunda between Dec. 1 and Dec. 23.

-- Mitch Lies

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