Bentleyville's Steel Tree Construction Continues

By KBJR News 1

November 7, 2010 Updated Nov 7, 2010 at 8:51 PM CDT

DULUTH, MINN. (Northland's Newscenter)----This weekend, Bentleyville crews continue to build what will become the only steel fabricated Christmas tree in the United States standing over 120 feet tall.

Last year over 200,000 people attended the Bentleyville Tour of Lights, and this year, crews are expecting the tree will draw an even bigger turnout.

Construction is scheduled to be finished by Sunday.

Rolls of LED lights will be wrapped around the tree as crews finished each section.

The 50,000 LED lights are expected to use 37 amps of power, which is half the amount of power that was used on last years castle.

Keeping the tree stable in the wind and ice conditions of the Northland Winter is a challenge that crews have overcome.

"This thing is designed for over 100, 000 pounds of ice to be hanging from it," said David Krech of Krech Ojard and Associates, a company helping with construction of the tree.

"Let's hope that doesn't happen."

Bentleyville opens Saturday November 20, 2010 at 5 P.M.

Aside from its towering height, fans can expect the tree to twinkle and dance to music.

Written and Posted: Jennifer Walch