MARIETTA - The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree will be in Marietta on Nov. 18, officials announced on Thursday.
Marietta is among 20 communities from Minnesota to Washington, D.C., that have been designated as tour stops for the national tannenbaum.
It's a wonderful opportunity for the river city, according to Mayor Joe Matthews.
"We are extremely excited to be included in this process especially since it's the 50th year that the Capitol Christmas Tree will be making its way to Washington, D.C.," Matthews said. "We love to have people coming to see our city all the time and this is another great opportunity for visitors and locals to see something unique in Marietta."
The U.S. Forest Service has provided the Capitol Christmas Tree since 1970. This year's 65-foot tree comes from the Chippewa National Forest in Minnesota where Choose Outdoors and the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe are working with the Forest Service.
Gary C. Chancey, public affairs officer for the Wayne National Forest, is eager to work with the city and local organizations like the Marietta-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
"The Wayne National Forest looks forward to working with the community to build a public event that will welcome the 2014 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree to the Mid-Ohio Valley," said Chancey. "In 1987, local residents may remember the Wayne National Forest harvested a beautiful tree that was used at our nation's capital."
More details on the location of the tree and the time it will be in Marietta will be released later. Track the Tree at capitolchristmastree.com/.