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Michigan's Christmas Tree Moved from Jackson to Capitol

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Michigan's 2012 Christmas tree is on it's way to the state capitol Friday.

The 75-foot tall, 10 ton beauty concolor fir from Jackson has been selected to be this year's state Christmas tree.

Anthony and Stephanie Laporte and their two kids watched as loggers cut into their giant concolor fir, the largest in the state's Christmas tree history.

"I'm just overjoyed. It's chaos here. Quite honestly, I'm in shock, really," said Anthony Laporte. "It was here when I was a kid. It was planted by a gentleman I knew growing up, and it was just a little twig."

"This is just an incredible honor for the city of Jackson. It's the first time in 20 years that it's been a tree from below the bridge, and it's the largest in the state's history, so we're very proud to have it going," said Jackson Mayor Martin Griffin.

Donations are responsible for everything from the tree to the removal and replacement. It will be decorated and put on display in front of the state capitol.

Volunteer crews had to slowly squeeze it between two houses, sending some shock through the crowd as branches broke. But with a little patience, persistance and about two hours of maneuvering, the tree was finally on the ground.

Crews plan to set up the tree Saturday. The tree light up ceremony will be on November 16 during Silver Bells in the City. 

The tree was first nominated in 2009.

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