Why is this giant potato in Colorado?

KUSA - If you're along Interstate 70 west of Denver over the next few days you might just catch an unusual sight headed down the highway.

The U.S. Capitol tree is on its way to Washington, D.C. and has several stops in Colorado along the way.

The tree won't be the most unusual sight though. That would be the giant potato. This year the 80-foot Englemann Spruce is from Idaho, a place known for its potatoes. That's why the Big Idaho Potato is along for the tour.

For more than 50 years, a Christmas tree has graced the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol for the holiday season. The 206 tree was cut on Nov. 2 near McCall, Idaho and is the middle of its nearly 4,000-mile expedition.

It's on display Wednesday night in Grand Junction from 6 to 8 p.m. at Mesa Mall. It's scheduled to be in Glenwood Springs Thursday at Centennial Park between 4 and 6 p.m. On Friday the tree will be Bass Pro Shop in Denver(7970 Northfield Boulevard) from noon until 2 p.m.

You can track the tree here.

After arriving in Washington, D.C. the tree lighting is expected to occur in early December.

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