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Later this year, in late October or early November, the journey of the 2016 Capitol Christmas Tree will begin in Idaho's Payette National Forest, and will then wind its way across the country before arriving on the Capitol lawn for a lighting ceremony in early December.
Along the tree's route, several "whistle stop" events will be arranged so that local communities, schools and organizations can view the tree and become part of its journey.
Based on a highly-successful 2015 whistle stop organized by Garner Transportation Group in Findlay, Ohio, TCA members will have the opportunity to host selected whistle stops on the tree's 2016 journey.
The locations for the whistle stops and the hosting requirements will be posted on this site by early summer.
TCA members familiar with the organizational and management skills of Sherri Garner Brumbaugh, co-chair of our Communications & Image Policy Committee, know exactly why the 2015 stop in Findlay, Ohio was so successful. Sherri's 2015 efforts were recently recognized by ChooseOutdoors.org, the non-profit group that coordinates the Capitol Christmas Tree program.
To leverage the lessons learned in Findlay, Sherri kept thorough records of all event details, and is now working with TCA Staff to turn that information into a "playbook" which other TCA members will be able to use as a template to host their own successful whistle stop event.
Plans for the 2016 Capitol Christmas Tree Tour are currently under development. We'll be sharing more information as soon as possible, to give our members the maximum time to choose a location, make plans, and host a fantastic whistle stop event!
Keep your eyes on this page for updated information.