Capitol harvests local tree
A group of collaborators gathered at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24, at Mr. Snowman's Christmas Tree Farm to help harvest a 35-foot Balsam fir tree and transport it to the state capitol in Madison for use as Wisconsin's official Christmas tree.
Bill Beckman, who's worked for the state for 31 years and has harvested the capitol's tree for the past 28 years, said the Balsam will be decorated then featured in a Dec. 4 lighting ceremony.
Owner of Mr. Snowman's, Charlie MacDonald, said the state usually seeks a Balsam fir and selected the 24-year-old tree at his farm after he responded to a "request for consideration." MacDonald opened his choose-and-cut farm for the season a week ago.
Mr. Snowman's sits southwest of River Falls just beyond the Kinnickinnic State Park.
Check this site in the coming days to see an online photo gallery of the tree harvesting process. Get more details on this story in the Dec. 3 print edition of the River Falls Journal.