The U.S. Capitol Christmas tree made a stop in downtown Brent, AL on Wednesday, drawing a crowd of awestruck students and citizens.

The tree, cut from the Carson National Forest in New Mexico, is on its way to the Washington D.C., where it will be displayed for the holiday season. The tree is a 68-year old Blue Spruce that has been grown to be 60 feet tall. A different national forest provides the tree each year.

“This is a special occasion for us today,” Brent Mayor Bobbie White said. “The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree is in Brent, Alabama on Main Street, on a whistle-stop tour to Washington D.C.”

Brent is one of 30 communities that the Capitol Christmas Tree will visit on its journey from New Mexico to the nation’s Capitol, but the Alabama community left its mark on the tree with a one-of-a-kind ornament.

“The ornament was made by Bill Hubbard and Jerry Conway on a woodturning lave,” said Susan McCalla, who painted the ornament. “It is made out of box elder in the center part and the upper and bottom part are made of cherry.”

The boys and girls at Brent Elementary School got a chance to see the tree as well.

The tree will continue to make its way to Washington D.C., where it will arrive on Nov. 25. A tree lighting ceremony will be held on Dec. 4.

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