A 30-foot cedar soon will arrive at Evans Towne Center Park to be planted as Columbia County's official Christmas tree.
Barry Smith, director of the Columbia County Community and Leisure Division, said the tree currently is growing in Calhoun Falls, S.C., and is scheduled to be planted later this week at the new park.
"It is a beautiful, 30-foot-tall Deodora Cedar," Smith said, adding that a tree-spading company from Greenville, S.C., is expected dig the hole for the tree on Wednesday at a space near the new Lady Antebellum Pavilion.
The company then will travel to Calhoun Falls, dig the living tree and bring it back to the park for planting, Smith said.
The tree will be decorated with lights for Columbia County's annual tree-lighting ceremony, the Christmas in America Festival, set for Dec. 3 at the park.
This will be the third tree Columbia County has planted in Evans for use as its "official" Christmas tree since the start of the tree-lighting festival in 2000.
The first tree is located at the corner of the Columbia County Justice Center, and the second is in the Columbia County Memorial Park at the amphitheater behind the library in Evans.