The official state Christmas tree will arrive on the Capitol lawn from Sault Ste. Marie around 8:15 a.m. on Oct. 29.
The state Department of Technology, Management & Budget says Sault Ste. Marie resident Al Farrish donated the 50-foot blue spruce that's growing in his yard. This is the 31st official state tree and the 22nd to come from the Upper Peninsula, DTMB said in a news release.
The tree will be installed on the east lawn of the Capitol, near the intersection of Michigan and Capitol avenues, and will be lit during the Silver Bells in the City celebration on Nov. 18.
The tree was nominated last year but was considered too small, DTMB said. However, new lighting and sidewalks at the statehouse this year means the tree will be placed closer to the street than earlier evergreens and a smaller tree is necessary.
“Everyone, no matter the age, becomes a big kid when the Christmas tree arrives at the Capitol,” DTMB Director David Behen said in a statement.