Starke County is Part of New State Christmas Tradition


Starke County will be represented on the main Christmas tree on display in the Capitol Building in Indianapolis this holiday season. Each year First Lady Karen Pence hosts an event to light the large tree in the rotunda of the Capitol with hundreds of school children attending.

This year, the program has changed to provide multiple smaller trees, and one 12-foot tree provided by the Indiana Tree Growers Association. All the trees will be in the rotunda. The main tree will have a statewide theme.

All of the state’s 92 counties are expected to have an ornament displayed on the main tree. They will then be permanently used in future tree trim decorations. The Starke County Chamber of Commerce provided an ornament that recalls the county’s 150th birthday.