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Barb and Jack Skidgel's seedling from Madras grew 30 feet, and became town holiday tree.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - The Skidgels show their tree before it was cut for Christmas.When Barb and Jack Skidgel moved to Redmond in 2000, they never dreamed the 8-inch Noble Fir seedling they took with them would one day become Redmond's town Christmas tree.

The Skidgels, who lived in Madras for 31 years before moving, enjoyed the Noble Fir in their front yard on Cedar Street, and took a seedling to plant at their new Redmond home.

Eighteen years later, the seedling had grown to be a 30-foot tree.

"This year, the Redmond Chamber of Commerce chose it to be the Christmas tree for Centennial Park in downtown Redmond," Barb Skidgel said in an email last week.

A lighting of the Christmas tree will be held at 7 p.m., on Nov. 24, following the Redmond lights parade, which begins at 5 p.m.

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