Reedley resident Julie Jimenez stood beside the 40-foot tall Christmas tree in downtown Reedley on the evening of Nov. 24 and said the tree lighting is something they participate in every year.
"We come to the tree lighting every year, it's like a tradition for us," she said. "Myself and my two daughters like to come out and watch the tree light up."
Just a few days prior, however, crews from several local businesses remained busy after they had to shift their focus from one Christmas tree to another.
This after the originally selected tree was deemed too dangerous to cut down due to some intercepting power lines.
"I read that there was another tree chosen," said Jimenez. "But it was not available because of the power lines, but this is beautiful, we are just thankful to have a tree, there are a lot of towns that don't do this and it's just special for us."
Erik Valencia, the executive director with the Greater Reedley Chamber of Commerce said the tree that had been initially selected was hiding a power line that wasn't discovered until the day the tree was suppose to be cut down.
"From where we were standing, we couldn't see the power line," he said. "It wasn't until crews went up to harvest the tree that they seen the power line in the way, they said it was too close and they didn't want to risk it."
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