40-foot Christmas tree arrives at Capitol

The 2015 Christmas tree to be displayed in the Capitol building was delivered Wednesday morning.

The 40-foot-tall balsam fir was donated by Brad and Elizabeth Kowieski of Rhinelander, Gov. Scott Walker’s office said in early November. 

Brad Kowieski planted the tree on Arbor Day in 1985 at his parents’ house when he was in fourth grade, according to a news release.

The Capitol Christmas tree must be a full Balsam Fir between 35 and 55 feet tall. The tree is selected from donation requests on a first-come, first-serve basis, if the tree meets all the requirements.

Walker has requested the help of students across the state to craft ornaments to decorate the Christmas tree. The theme for 2015 is Wisconsin sports, the governor’s office said.