Christmas in July!

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Mike Shirkey on Friday said the search is underway to find the 2017 state Christmas Tree.

The tree will be displayed in front of the Michigan Capitol and featured as part of Lansing’s holiday festivities.

“In the last 30 years, the state Christmas Tree has come from locations all across Michigan — from private yards to public land near highways and forests,” said Shirkey, R-Clarklake. “There is no reason that the tree couldn’t come from a resident of Branch, Hillsdale, or Jackson County. Let the search begin!”

Shirkey said to be considered, a tree must be a spruce or fir, at least 55 feet tall, within easy access of a road with no interference from wires and available at no cost.

Nominations are requested by July 30, 2017. Anyone nominating a tree should send their name, phone number, a photo of the tree and information about its size and location to [email protected].