Capitol Christmas tree display coming soon

A news release from the Office of the Governor:

PIERRE, S.D. – Christmas trees will very soon begin filling the Capitol hallways for the 29th annual Christmas at the Capitol holiday display, featuring the 2009 theme, “Do You See What I See?”  More than 90 Christmas trees will be decorated by schools, churches, communities, and civic groups from across the state on Nov. 21-22.

The display will begin with a grand lighting ceremony on Tuesday evening, Nov. 24, and run through Sunday, Dec. 27. Thousands of guests visit the Capitol each year to enjoy the decorated trees. The display will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to  10 p.m. (CT) each day.

This year, the two-story South Dakota tree, to be featured in the Capitol rotunda, is being donated by the South Dakota National Guard (SDNG) and is located at Camp Rapid, Rapid City, in front of the former Headquarters Building.  It is a Black Hills spruce that is currently 45 feet tall and was originally planted in 1949.  The tree was scheduled to be removed as part of a demolition process until the notion of offering the tree to the State Capitol Christmas celebration was conceived by SDNG CFMO Engineering Section and J. Scull Construction personnel.

The tree will be cut by Division of Resource Conservation and Forestry personnel with assistance volunteered by J. Scull Construction, Site Works Specialists, and the SDNG CFMO Engineering Section.  It will be transported to Pierre by the Department of Transportation.

The South Dakota Florist Association will decorate the large tree.

In addition to the trees, many other parts of the Capitol will be decorated, including the grand marble staircase and the Capitol grounds.

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Seth Tupper

Seth Tupper was born and raised in South Dakota and earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from South Dakota State University in 2001. After college, he worked at a newspaper in Minnesota and then returned to South Dakota in 2003 to join the staff of The Daily Republic in Mitchell, where he is currently the publisher. Seth has won numerous awards for his writing, including the 2007 Outstanding Young Journalist award in the daily newspapers category of the South Dakota Newspaper Association's Better Newspapers Contest. Seth's day-job and freelance work have granted him opportunities to meet hundreds of South Dakotans and travel across much of the state. He also spends a lot of his free time exploring South Dakota's state and national parks, hiking trails and kayak-friendly rivers.

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