Valley City Times-Record

Agencies and organizati­ons deck the halls of the North Dakota State Capitol

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Bismarck, N.D. – State agencies and area organizati­ons are putting up Christmas trees this week to decorate the west end of ground floor in the North Dakota State Capitol for the annual Showcase of Trees.

“We appreciate the opportunit­y to enjoy the creativity of our state agencies and local organizati­ons as they make the west end of our ground floor look festive for the holiday season,“ said Facility Management Director John Boyle. “We are grateful for the time and effort that is put into the showcase each year.”

Boyle added that the trees are often themed, and many agencies collect donations under their trees for local non-profit organizati­ons. All trees are entered into the Showcase of Trees contest, which is aptly judged by the North Dakota Council on the Arts. There are five categories, and the winning agencies and organizati­ons receive bragging rights for the next year.

The public may view the Showcase of Trees during normal business hours Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The public is also invited to attend the 41st annual North Dakota State Christmas Tree lighting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1, with Gov. Doug Burgum and First Lady Kathyrn Burgum, in Memorial Hall of the North Dakota State Capitol.

All Capitol Christmas trees will be on display through the end of the year.

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