GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - The holiday tree has been lit at the Grand Rapids Art Museum Wege Plaza in downtown Grand Rapids.
24 Hour News 8 was there Monday morning when a semi-truck brought the 42-foot tall blue spruce to town.
The months-long process to select the tree was finalized with the winner coming from the front yard of Cadillac Industrial Supply Co. in Cadillac. Employees Jerry Tyler, Darryl Bamm and Rich Baldwin originally planted the tree at the business in 1978. Bamm and Baldwin still work there, as does Tyler's daughter, Robin Peterson, who told 24 Hour News 8 the history of the tree.
Dutchman Tree Farm in nearby Manton then bought the tree, which is now on display in Grand Rapids.
"We are all happy that so many people will be able to enjoy our tree," Peterson said.
Crews put 40,000 LED lights on the tree.
After the lighting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. there will be --
-- a special skating performance will help open the ice rink at Rosa Parks Circle
-- free horse-drawn carriage rides from 6-8 p.m.
-- a $5 admission fee (free for GRAM members) to attend "Magic & Music - A Surreal Performance" -- 7-8:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Grand Rapids Art Museum.
On Saturday, the Michigan State Spartans will be taking on the Ohio State Buckeyes for the Big Ten College Football title. On Friday, fans began gathering in Indianapolis for the big game.
Two Kalamazoo men are in jail after Kalamazoo officers found them with money stolen from Sunny Mart Friday afternoon.
Two people were taken to the hospital after one vehicle crossed the center line, causing a head-on crash in Ada Township Friday night.