WEBVTT 00:00:10.000 --> 00:00:15.000 The process for lighting the Sequoia tree takes approximately 20 people. 00:00:15.000 --> 00:00:18.000 We have two men in the basket, two men in the tree. 00:00:18.000 --> 00:00:20.000 We use to climb the tree, but we don't do that anymore. 00:00:20.000 --> 00:00:23.000 We transfer from the basket to the tree now. 00:00:23.000 --> 00:00:29.000 And the process is we have stringed lights, we have a triangular set up that we have up top. 00:00:29.000 --> 00:00:35.000 And we attach six strings of lights to that and there's five of those triangular set ups. 00:00:35.000 --> 00:00:40.000 And we attach those to a big ring on top, satellite, we call it. 00:00:40.000 --> 00:00:47.000 Then after those are attached and we adjust them correctly on the tree, then we top it off with the star. 00:00:48.000 --> 00:00:55.000 And the star has its own cord and everything and all these are LED lights now instead of the incandescents like we used to have years ago. 00:00:55.000 --> 00:00:60.000 That is, we check every bulb at the physical plant on the ground. 00:01:00.000 --> 00:01:03.000 We check all the reels before that 00:01:03.000 --> 00:01:12.000 Then before they go up, we have generators here and we check all the lights again making sure that all the bulbs are tight and everything is functional. 00:01:12.000 --> 00:01:24.000 We've dropped a couple of strings before of lights but nothing with these incandescents, they're all plastic now, they don't break and they're really dependable. 00:01:24.000 --> 00:01:28.000 The tree is approximately a 125-130 feet tall. 00:01:28.000 --> 00:01:36.000 And we bring in a 190 ft crane, and that gives us plenty of room to get on the back side of the tree and front side. 00:01:36.000 --> 00:01:44.000 And to adjust anything or if we have to do any kind of pruning on the tree because the tree has been topped from lightning years ago. 00:01:44.000 --> 00:01:52.000 And so the tree grows out, and we have to, once in a while, we have to prune some of that top out in order to make room for these lights. 00:01:52.000 --> 00:01:54.000 This is something we look forward to. 00:01:54.000 --> 00:01:58.000 I've been involved with the tree lighting preparation since 1989. 00:01:58.000 --> 00:01:61.000 So I always look forward to climbing the tree, being on top 00:02:01.000 --> 00:02:04.000 The view is spectacular up there, especially on a clear day. 00:02:04.000 --> 00:02:13.000 The event happens and then to have the folks here at Monmouth just to enjoy the tree.