As of Tuesday, August 23, 2016
GRANGEVILLE Christmas plans were announced early at the Aug. 15 Grangeville City Council meeting, as the Forest Service announced plans for a November presentation of the Capitol Christmas Tree.
Forester Stephanie Berry, Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, explained the tree will be coming off the Payette National Forest near McCall, and its route will take it through Idaho before heading east toward its final destination in Washington, D.C. Grangeville will be its first presentation stop, planned for Wednesday, Nov. 9.
Berry’s presentation was to provide advance notice to the city for possible involvement, and as well, the USFS will be conducting community outreach for school and community members to participate and volunteer with the event. Among the tentative plans include a smokejumper, dressed as Santa Claus, to parachute into the presentation, scheduled at the Grangeville Senior Center, 1-3 p.m.
This will be the second time a Capital Christmas Tree will tour Idaho County. The last was in 2003 and also marked the first time Idaho provided a tree for the nation’s Capitol.