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U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree coming to Santa Clarita

Posted: October 25, 2011 3:32 p.m.
Updated: October 25, 2011 3:32 p.m.
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The 60-foot tall U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree is traveling across the Country this fall and will stop in Santa Clarita at the Saugus Speedway/Swap Meet on Saturday, November 12, 2011, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., an event that will also include a variety of community participation.

The U. S. Capitol Christmas Tree 2011 will make frequent stops in communities across the nation on its way to Washington, D. C. The national tour will take 12 days. The tree will be escorted by federal officials and have 24-hour a day Law Enforcement protection. A second full-sized semi-truck will be needed to transport all the ornaments and smaller trees to Washington, D. C.

The caravan will travel more than 4,500 miles. The tree will be transported on a double flatbed truck. Placed on its side, it will rest in a custom made cradle that supports the branches, preventing damage and maintaining the tree's perfect shape. The base of the tree will be fitted with a rubber bladder filled with fresh water nightly. The tree will absorb approximately 60 gallons of water each day throughout its journey to Washington, D.C.

At each event during the course of the tree's journey throughout California, organizers will be spreading the Holiday Spirit of California by collecting non-perishable food items to share with those less fortunate.

This activity is based on the premise of performing acts of kindness as a remembrance of kindnesses you have received in the past. The Pay It Forward project is a food drive that will be a gift from the people of California to the people of Gallup, New Mexico (one of the poorest communities in our nation).

Food donations from areas around the state will be picked up during the trees seven day tour of California in November and delivered to the Gallup community en-route to Washington D.C.

The event on November 12 at the Saugus Speedway will include local holiday entertainment, refreshments, free parking and admission, a food donation area, plus the Prayer Angels for the Military who will be on hand to collect photos of local military to include in their holiday tree lighting event which will commence in December.

For more information on the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree tour, log on to: http://www.capitolchristmastree2011.org/index.html.

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