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 around for one.”
Trees need to be approximately 25 to 30 feet tall, and a cedar or spruce tree 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 holiday events like Christmas in the Park, and McMinnville’s Christmas Parade on Dec. 3.
The tree is placed and strung with lights by Public Works employees. It will then be decorated by Junior Auxiliary for Christmas in the Park.
After the 2:30 p.m. parade ends, McMinnville’s mayor, the parade’s grand marshal and/ or 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 Department on Belmont Drive 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.”
The tree will be placed in The Lot across from City Hall.