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Community Christmas Tree arrives at David Street Station (PHOTOS)

The third-annual Community Christmas Tree is placed into position during the first attempt to secure it on the base at the David Street Station outdoor plaza on Thursday morning. (Brendan LaChance, Oil City News)

CASPER, Wyo. – The third and heaviest Community Christmas Tree arrived at David Street Station on Friday afternoon, but not without some challenges.

The tree, weighing in at a whopping 6,000 pounds, is the heaviest the plaza has mounted. The weight likely caused issues with the base plate, causing the process to take longer than usual.

Efforts to install the tree were delayed until Friday when volunteers could return and modify the base.

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Though much heavier than previous trees, it’s also shorter than before. The removal process by Rodolph Brothers was fast and trouble-free, according to David Street Station marketing manager Julie Schmitt. However, because of the extreme weight of the tree it became clear crews would not be able to install it by Thursday afternoon.

This year’s tree is donated by the Pribbernow family, who were chosen out of eight applicants according to David Street Station marketing manager Julie Schmitt. It had overgrown the property, encroaching on driveways and threatening their home’s foundation.

Crews will start decorating the tree this weekend, and a public lighting ceremony will be held on November 30 at 6 p.m., just before the annual downtown Christmas parade.

The chiller for the skating rink will arrive on Monday, according to Schmitt, which will open at noon on November 29.