HELENA – The Montana State Capitol is looking and smelling a lot more like the holidays.
A crew of 10 spent Friday setting up a Christmas tree in the rotunda.
It takes a lot of equipment, about seven bins of ornaments, and 10 to 12 strands of lights to get the tree picture-perfect.
It also takes some Treasure State teamwork.
According to general services administrator Steve Baiamonte, the 30-foot Douglas Fir is from Deer Creek in Lewis and Clark County.
Lincoln-based Wayne Sherill Logging harvested the tree, donated by the McDonald Family Ranch in Canyon Creek.
“This is the people’s house,” said Baiamonte. “Traditionally, people like to put in a tree for the holidays. Secondly, because we’re an agricultural and timber state, it’s something really cool we can do to showcase a really important industry in Montana.”
Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney even helped hang a few ornaments Friday afternoon.
Spent the day after Thanksgiving adding some holiday cheer to Montana’s beautiful State Capitol.
It will be mulched once it’s taken down.
-Evelyn Schultz reporting for MTN News