Downtown Topeka Inc., Evergy Inc. came together in late November to deliver a Christmas tree for the Downtown Topeka holiday season.
Dale and Julie Hrenchir and their daughters Adrianna and Kayla donated the tree, and watched as the Blue Spruce they planted 23 years ago was cut down by Evergy Inc., loaded on a flatbed trailer and delivered downtown to the Evergy Plaza. The tree was later decorated by Evergy crews.
Each year, Downtown Topeka Inc. and Evergy accept trees, donated by local citizens, to be the Community Christmas tree. Selection is based on size, shape and ease of access for cutting and transporting.
The official tree-lighting took place at 5:30 p.m. on November 30, immediately before the start of the Miracle on Kansas Avenue Parade, which passes right by the tree on Kansas Avenue. The parade was preceded by a 5K run. Despite a cold night, sizable crowds attended the festivities.
–Metro Voice staff and wire services | Photos by Keith Horinek