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2022 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Harvested Nov. 2, T680 Next Gen To Transport to Washington, D.C.

PISGAH NATIONAL FOREST, N.C. - The 2022 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, a 78-foot red spruce called “Ruby,” was harvested yesterday, Nov. 2., from the Pisgah National Forest in North Carolina. 

From left, are T680 Next Gen U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree drivers Ed Kingdon Jr. and Deborah Kingdon, Ricky Watts, director of driver training, and Dale Norman, director of sales and marketing, all representing Hardy Brothers Trucking in Siloam, North Carolina.

The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Tour will begin on Saturday, Nov. 5., and will feature several public community celebrations as the tree makes its way to the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. This year, a specially-decaled Kenworth T680 Next Generation driven by Ed Kingdon, Jr and Deb Kingdon of North Carolina-based carrier Hardy Brothers Trucking will transport “Ruby” from the Pisgah National Forest to Washington, D.C. 
Photos courtesy of Drew Bennett.

Below is the 2022 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Tour public schedule:
--Nov. 5: Western North Carolina Agricultural Center, Fletcher, N.C.
--Nov. 6: Cherokee County Courthouse, Murphy, N.C.
--Nov. 6: Oconaluftee Island Park Event Site, Cherokee, N.C.
--Nov. 7: Pisgah Forest Ranger Station & Visitor Center, Pisgah Forest, N.C.
--Nov. 7: Marion Main Street, Marion, N.C.
--Nov. 8: Avery County Cooperative Extension Center, Newland, N.C.
--Nov. 8: Watauga High School, Boone, N.C.
--Nov. 8: Downtown Newton, Newton, N.C.
--Nov. 9: Veteran’s Memorial Park, Mount Airy, N.C.
--Nov. 9: Troy Town Hall, Troy, N.C.
--Nov. 10: North Carolina Zoo, Asheboro, N.C.
--Nov. 11: North Carolina Veteran's Home, Kinston, N.C.
--Nov. 12: Union Point Park, New Bern, N.C.
--Nov. 13: Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, Manteo, N.C.
--Nov. 14: Suffolk Visitors Center, Suffolk, Va.
--Nov. 18: Delivery to West Lawn, U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, D.C.
--Nov. 29: Tree Lighting Ceremony, Washington, D.C.

For more information, visit the 2022 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree website (

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