Oregon 4th grader to light US Capitol Christmas tree

SALEM, ORE. — Oregon Governor Kate Brown has kicked off a contest to allow a fourth grader and a parent to travel to Washington DC this holiday season to help light the Christmas Tree on the lawn of the US Captiol Building.

The national Christmas tree is being selected from the Willamette National Forest.

In a public letter on the state website, Gov. Brown writes:

We are so excited that Oregon has been selected to provide the United States 2018 Capitol Christmas Tree!

The tradition of the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree began in 1964, and over the years, a different national forest has been chosen each year to provide “The People’s Tree” for the holiday season. Oregon’s tree will come from the Willamette National Forest as a gift to the people of the United States, and will be displayed on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.

One lucky, young Oregonian will have the opportunity to fly to Washington, D.C. and join the Speaker of the House in lighting the 2018 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree during the official ceremony. To coincide with the 2018 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree theme, “Find Your Trail!” we’re launching an essay contest asking 4th grade students to write letters about what they love about Oregon’s outdoors. I will select one student author from statewide letter submissions to receive a once-in-a-lifetime all-expenses paid trip for the winner and one guardian to travel to Washington, D.C. to take part in the tree-lighting ceremony alongside members of the House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate, and the public, and also attend festivities surrounding the tree lighting taking place throughout the capitol.

It’s an honor to share some of our state’s incredible beauty with the rest of America and we look forward to hearing from our 4th graders about their love of Oregon’s outdoors!

Governor Kate Brown
The deadline to submit an essay is September 28.
For those interested in signing up or learning more, click here.

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