State capitol Christmas tree comes from Town of Emery

Wisconsin State Farmer
A 40-foot balsam fir harvested in the Town of Emery and donated by Jim Ryf will be the State Capitol Christmas tree for 2017. The tree was delivered to Madison on Nov. 14.

MADISON - The Christmas tree that will be on display in the Wisconsin state Capitol this year is coming from the Town of Emery, about 220 miles north of Madison.

Governor Scott Walker announced the selection and harvest of the 2017 State Capitol Christmas tree on Nov. 14.  The 40-foot balsam fir was harvested in the Town of Emery and donated by Jim Ryf.

“This year’s State Capitol Christmas tree will have the added privilege of honoring the Capitol’s centennial with ornaments from school children around the state,” Governor Walker said. “We thank Jim Ryf for donating this tree and are looking forward to seeing it decorated.”

The 2017 State Capitol Christmas tree is being transported by Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association.  It is estimated to arrive at the East Washington entrance of the Wisconsin State Capitol on Nov. 14 and will be installed after Thanksgiving.

The tree will be decorated with ornaments made by Wisconsin school children. The theme this year is the Capitol's 100th birthday.

The tree is on display in the rotunda of the Capitol during the holiday season.