This fall, a specially-decaled Kenworth T680 will transport the 52nd U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree on a special cross-country tour to the U.S. Capitol. The tour will visit 26 community celebrations during the 2,800-mile journey.
The 80-foot Engelmann Spruce will be cut on November 2 near McCall, Idaho and placed on a trailer designed for the tree. Following the tree-cutting and send-off at the Payette National Forest Headquarters in McCall, Idaho, the Kenworth T680 equipped with a 76-inch sleeper, PACCAR MX-13 engine, Eaton Fuller Advantage™ 10-speed automated transmission and Kenworth TruckTech+ will haul the tree to a community event in downtown McCall.
The T680 tour truck will be accompanied by the Great Big Idaho Potato Truck, a Kenworth T680 hauling a 6-ton, 28-foot long replica of an Idaho russet potato. The hollow potato will carry some of the 8,000 ornaments Idaho school children and other residents crafted to adorn the tree and 70 other Christmas trees from the Payette National Forest.
“It is an honor for Kenworth to participate in this event delivering the ‘The People’s Tree’ for the third year in a row,” said Kurt Swihart, Kenworth marketing director. “We’re especially proud that two Kenworth T680s will play key roles in completing this important tour, which offers Americans the opportunity to see this national symbol of celebration.”
The Capitol Christmas Tree Tour will make several stops in Idaho before continuing on through Utah, Colorado, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia. It arrives Nov. 27 at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, where it will be uncrated and prepared for its final trip into Washington, D.C., the next day.
The tree will be illuminated on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol during a special ceremony in early December that will be presided over by U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan.
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