November 11, 2010
The 30' tall Christmas tree that will soon illuminate and spread cheer throughout Charlottesville's Downtown Mall entered on the back of a truck early Thursday morning.
Crews worked all morning untying, measuring and cutting the tree to make sure it's perfect for the Grand Illumination Ceremony at Central Place on Friday, Nov. 19.
Rick Dilelio has been part of the Grand Illumination for 13 years, decorating several community Christmas trees. He says this year's tree is the best one they've every had.
"It's going to be a beautiful tree. We've never had one quite this big before," said Dilelio.
Crews erected the Norway Spruce tree Thursday. It will be home to hundreds of festive decorations and more than 15,000 lights.
"The biggest thing for me is when they flip the breakers and everybody ooohhhs and ahhs and claps," said Dilelio.
Despite the hours of set up and decorating, the entire crews agrees that it's nice to be able to give back to the community.
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