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City looking for tree
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McMinnville officials are on the lookout for an evergreen tree to be used as the centerpiece for downtown Christmas activities this year. The tree needs to be approximately 25 to 30 feet tall. Pictured is last year’s tree being placed. - photo by Lisa Hobbs

City officials are trying to spruce up downtown with an evergreen. The annual search has begun for a tree to be the centerpiece of holiday activities in downtown McMinnville.

“If you have a tree that fits our needs, give us a call,” said McMinnville Public Works assistant director Brad Hennessee. “We are looking for one.”

Trees need to be approximately 25 to 30 feet tall. A cedar or spruce is preferred.

“Mostly we will take anything evergreen,” said Hennessee. “We would prefer not to use a pine tree because they are too difficult to work with. Spruces and cedars are good.”

Once found and placed, the tree will be used during upcoming events like McMinnville’s Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 2:30 p.m., and Junior Auxiliary of McMinnville’s Christmas in the Park on Tuesday, Dec. 4 from 6 to 8 p.m.

If you have a tree and want to donate it, call McMinnville Public Works Department at 473-2553.

“If you give me a call, I would be more than willing to come out and take a look,” said Hennessee. “I can’t guarantee we will use it. Sometimes, they are just too small or in an area where it’s difficult for us to get to it.”

If selected, the tree will be placed in The Lot across from City Hall.