By Cody Willoughby
TROY — This season’s community Christmas tree made its glorious arrival to the square on Wednesday morning.
The tree was donated by Rick and Cheri Sandifer of Troy. The couple, who have called Troy their home for over 35 years, already had plans to dispose of the tree, but were enthused at the opportunity of putting it to use.
“This has been an experience a couple years in the making,” Cheri stated. “I called to inquire last year about restrictions and what they were looking for. They came out and said the tree met the requirements, but they’d already chosen one for the square. They came out again this year and decided ours was the best fit. I was thrilled.”
When the Sandifers originally planted the tree 21 years ago, it stood at about 5 feet. When public works employees arrived to cut it down on Wednesday, they measured the tree at 38 feet.
“It had just gotten so big,” Rick stated. “It had about two more layers of limbs, but they had to cut that down to fit the box.”
“The general rule of thumb for these trees is 32 feet on top of the box’s nine,” stated public works employee Tim Larck. “That’s about as high as it can stand before the bucket trucks can no longer reach the top to decorate. It weighed in at about 3000 lb. That’s big, but not the biggest we’ve had – we’ve had trees of this type weigh in as much as 4800 lb.”
Overall, the Sandifers are satisfied with their tree’s end, and are happy that the community gets to share it.
“We’ve gotten a lot of enjoyment out of it,” Cheri stated. “We’ve decorated it. We’ve lit it up. We never thought it would outgrow where we put it, but it did, and I wanted it to have one last hurrah. I’m glad the city of Troy can enjoy it as well.”
The Grand Illumination event will take place during Troy’s Hometown Holiday weekend on Saturday, Nov. 25. Festivities in the square will begin at 4 p.m., with the tree lighting taking place at 6:45 p.m.
For more information, visit hometowngreat.com.