Crews take down, transport Milwaukee City/County Christmas tree

CREATED Nov 8, 2012 - UPDATED: Nov 8, 2012

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MILWAUKEE - It seems hard to believe that it's time to think about the holidays, but one traditional Christmas-time activity in Milwaukee has already begun - the harvesting and decorating of the City/County Christmas Tree.

Crews began taking the winning Colorado Blue Spruce down from a yard on North 25th and West Stark Streets at about 6:30 a.m.

"They're shaving the trunk down of the Christmas Tree itself...they have to shave it down to a 16-inch diameter," said Randy Krouse on TODAY'S TMJ4's "Live at Daybreak."

He also described how a crane took down the tree, before they transport, decorate and unveil it at Red Arrow Park.

This harvest went smoothly.

It didn't back in 2008, and then-TODAY'S TMJ4 reporter Diane Pathieu called "play-by-play" of how the tree snapped.

"Oh!  That's not good."  She uttered.

Crews spliced that tree together with a metal rod, and it successfully went on display.

This time, no such surgery was needed.

"It's an awesome experience watching (it)," said William Love, who donated the tree.

"It's pretty high on the trailer.  We have to look out for overhead wires," explained Krouse.

"It's the best one of...all the donations.  It's probably the best one this year."

There were about 30 donations, but Love's tree won the contest.

He said the tree was half its size when he bought the property 23 years ago.

"The lady next door mentioned to me about donating it to the city...I'd like to drive downtown and see it all decorated and knowing that's my tree!"

He, and you, can see it at the tree lighting ceremony on November 19th.