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City seeks Christmas tree

City officials are trying to spruce up downtown with an evergreen. The search has begun for a tree to be the centerpiece of holiday activities in historic downtown McMinnville.
“If you have a tree that fits our needs, give us a call,” said McMinnville Public Works director Bill Brock. “We are looking around for one. We have a line on a couple, but you never can tell if they will work out.”
Trees need to be 25 to 30 feet tall. A cedar or spruce tree is preferred.
“Mostly we will take anything evergreen,” said Brock. “We would prefer not to use a pine tree.”
Once found and placed, the tree will be used during upcoming holiday events like Christmas in the Park, I’ll Be Home for Christmas, and McMinnville’s Christmas Parade on Dec. 1.
The tree is placed and strung with lights by Public Works employees. It will then be decorated by Junior Auxiliary for its Christmas in the Park.
After the 2:30 p.m. parade ends, Mayor-elect Jimmy Haley and Santa Claus will leave the lineup and make their way to Court Square. Together, they will flip the switch to officially light the tree.
If you have a tree and want to donate it, call McMinnville Public Works at 473-2553. Public Works is located at 1266 Belmont Drive.


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