Capitol Christmas Tree stops in Blacksburg on cross-country trip to Washington, D.C.

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BLACKSBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) Before the Capitol Christmas Tree arrives in Washington, D.C., it made a stop in Blacksburg Friday afternoon.

Hundreds of people were on Main Street to welcome it to town. They all got a chance to sign a banner on the trailer.

This year's tree is from Idaho. It's 80-feet tall and weighs 16,500 pounds.

The 84-year-old tree will have 6-thousand ornaments on it when it's lifted by crane into place on the west lawn of the Capitol building.

"That's the best part of this whole journey is we are trying to pick national forests. We have the George Washington National Forest right here outside of Blacksburg and we want to show the people that the forests are theirs to use," said Kim Pierson, the district ranger for the Payette National Forest.

This was the 29th stop out of 31 on its cross-country trip to Washington.