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MEEKER I Everyone is invited to the 2012 Capitol Christmas Tree Celebration in downtown Meeker on Friday, Nov. 2 and Saturday, Nov. 3. Friday events kick off with the public invitation to watch the tree cutting process at 10 a.m. The Meeker Recreation District and the Meeker Chamber of Commerce are partnering to provide transportation for persons who would like to watch the tree cutting. To reserve a spot, please call the Meeker Recreation District at 970-878-3403.
The tree is will make its grand entry into Meeker around 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2. Following the grand entry there will be a mayor’s reception from 5-7 p.m. at the Meeker Hotel and Café. Meeker Elementary School fifth grade students will sing patriotic songs. The tree banner, which will be attached to the tree as it travels across the United States on its way to Washington, D.C., will be available for signing, and Santa and Mrs. Claus will be present.
The festivities continue in downtown Meeker on Saturday, Nov. 3. Beginning at 2 p.m., the Meeker Recreation District is hosting a free “5K Capitol Christmas Tree Trot” walking and running race. A fantastic street fair will run from 2-7 p.m. and the tree banner will be available for signing from 2-5 p.m. Ute dancers will perform a variety of ceremonial dances beginning at 4 p.m. Between 4:30-7 p.m., kids of all ages can enjoy a bounce house, stilt walker show, warm themselves by the fire pits, and visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. At 5:30 p.m., the tree will be presented by the U.S. Forest Service, government dignitaries and three Ute Indian tribes. The “Seussical Jr.” singers will perform several songs at 6:30, followed by the parade of lights starting at 7. A spectacular show of fireworks will end the celebration immediately following the parade of lights.
Come enjoy “Colorado’s Gift to the Nation” before it’s wrapped and sent on its journey to Washington, D.C., where it will be on display at the U.S. Capitol building. For more information please contact the Meeker Chamber of Commerce at 970-878-5510 or the Meeker Recreation District at 970-878-3403.