The Capitol Christmas tree will be cut from Little Ski Hill, just west of McCall, on Wednesday according to a release from the Payette National Forest.
The PNF and Little Ski Hill will host a public "tree cutting" ceremony on Nov. 2 from 11 a.m. to noon. Two Payette National Forest employees will cut the tree using a crosscut saw.
The 80-foot Engelmann spruce will then travel to Washington, D.C., where Boise fifth-grader Isabella Gerard will help Sen. Mike Crapo light it.
The Capitol tree must be 65 to 85 feet tall, have full branches in all directions, be a rich green color and be cylindrical, according to the release. The chosen tree beat out three other candidates that met those qualifications.
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According to the release, the City of McCall and McCall Area Chamber of Commerce will start off the tree's cross-country tour on Saturday, Nov. 5, with a tree lighting and celebration in downtown McCall from 5 to 7 p.m. The tree will come to Boise on Nov. 7 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Idaho Capitol and Capitol Park on West Jefferson Street. Isabella will recite her winning poem.