Kenworth 2020 Christmas “Tree-via”

Kenworth T680 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree truck 1

Photo courtesy of James Edward Mills

Kenworth News Alert: U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Cutting was at 2:30 p.m. (MT)/Thursday, Nov. 5

The 2020 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree was harvested in Colorado on Thursday, Nov. 5 at 2:30 p.m. (Mountain Time). The “virtual” tree-cutting ceremony will take place within the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests and will include brief remarks by USDA Forest Service leadership, local elected officials and project partners.

U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree 1

Photo courtesy of James Edward Mills

A livestream of the ceremony and cutting is available on the GMUG National Forests Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/GMUG.NF.

Kenworth T680 Features Stunning Beautiful Design for U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Tour

U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree 2

Photo courtesy of James Edward Mills

A Kenworth T680 is now adorned with a stunning exterior graphics design and in Colorado to begin preparations for the 2020 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree. Apex Transportation in Henderson, Colo., will use the Kenworth T680 to transport the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree from the Thursday, Nov. 5, tree-harvesting ceremony in the Uncompahgre National Forest to Washington, D.C. The T680 with the head-turning, beautiful design will transport the tree on a nearly 2,000-mile journey, which will include a series of outdoor community celebrations, primarily within the state of Colorado.

U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Tour drivers William ‘Butch’ Hanna (left) and Theron Schmalzried 1

Photo courtesy of James Edward Mills

Apex Transportation in Henderson, Colo., is using the T680 to transport the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree from yesterday’s tree-harvesting ceremony in the Uncompahgre National Forest to Washington, D.C. The T680 with the beautiful design will transport the 55-foot Engelmann Spruce on a nearly 2,000-mile journey, which will include a series of outdoor community celebrations, primarily within the state of Colorado.

The Kenworth T680 is being driven by Theron Schmalzried and William “Butch” Hanna of Apex Transportation, a Colorado leader in flatbed trucking and specialty transportation services. Schmalzried and Hanna have 42 years and 41 years, respectively, of truck driving experience. Schmalzried has spent 23 years with Apex Transportation, while and Hanna has driven for the company for 17 years. 

The Kenworth T680 is equipped with a 76-inch sleeper and the PACCAR Powertrain featuring the 455-hp PACCAR MX-13 engine, PACCAR 12-speed automated transmission, and PACCAR 40K tandem rear axles. The truck is also specified with Kenworth’s “Driver’s Studio” with 180-degree passenger swivel seat and 90-degree rotating table, Kenworth Diamond VIT interior, premium Kenworth GT703 seats, predictive cruise control, Kenworth Nav+HD system, liftable lower bunk and stowable upper bunk, and Kenworth TruckTech+® Remote Diagnostics. 

This marks the seventh consecutive year that a Kenworth truck will deliver “The People’s Tree.”

Below is the 2020 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Tour schedule:

–Nov. 10: San Miguel County Fairgrounds (Norwood, Colo.) and Montrose Visitor Center (Montrose, Colo.)

–Nov. 11: Ouray County Courthouse (Ouray, Colo.) and Grand Junction Convention Center (Grand Junction, Colo.)

–Nov. 12: Downtown Paonia (Paonia, Colo.) and Gunnison Community School (Gunnison, Colo.)

–Nov. 13: Salida High School (Salida, Colo.)

–Nov. 14: Bass Pro Shops (Denver, Colo.)

–Nov. 15: Kit Carson County Fairgrounds (Burlington, Colo.)

–Nov. 17: Asheville Outlets (Asheville, N.C.)

–Nov. 20: Delivery to West Lawn, U.S. Capitol Building (Washington, D.C.)

For more information, visit the 2020 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree website (www.uscapitolchristmastree.com).

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