Madison – Governor Scott Walker lit the Capitol Christmas tree this morning in a ceremony at the Wisconsin State Capitol. The tree is decorated with ornaments handmade by students across the state with this year’s theme, Wisconsin Wildlife, in mind.
“The magnificent wildlife and natural beauty of our state are major reasons we remain a top tourist destination,” Governor Walker said. “Our thanks to the many students who provided ornaments reflecting Wisconsin Wildlife for this year’s Christmas tree, as well as to the countless others who contributed to the holiday magic here at the Wisconsin State Capitol.”
The Capitol Christmas tree is selected every year from donation requests on a first come, first serve basis. The tree must be a balsam fir approximately 35-55 feet tall. The 2016 Capitol Christmas tree is a 35-foot balsam fir donated by Bruce and Charlotte Carey from their cabin in Eagle River.
“We are honored to have the beautiful balsam fir from our property in Eagle River become this year's Capitol Christmas tree,” said Charlotte Carey. “We nurtured it for many years and it was part of our family. We trust it will bring joy to many visitors as they view the tree sparkling in the rotunda of the State Capitol.”
The following parties also helped to make this year’s beautiful display at the Wisconsin State Capitol a reality:
- The tree was harvested and delivered to the capitol by the Great Lakes Timber Producers Association (GLTPA).
- Henry Schienebeck, GLTPA Executive Director, coordinated the harvest and delivery.
- The State Capitol Facilities Team lit the tree with 2,000 LED multi-colored lights and hung the decorations.
- Patti Hellenbrand of Village Creek Quilts in Lodi designed the tree skirt.
- Cindy Hasse of Cottage Grove quilted the tree skirt.
- BouMatic of Madison fabricated and donated the stainless steel tree stand.
- Ken Lucht of the Wisconsin & Southern Railroad Company supplied the locomotive circling the base of the tree.