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NC Fraser Fir displayed in White House Blue Room for the 13th time!!

NC Fraser Fir displayed in White House Blue Room for the 13th time!!

On September 24, 2018, White Officials came to Mountain Top Fraser Fir farm in Newland, NC owned by Larry Smith to select the tree being showcased in the Blue Room of the White House. Larry won this honor being the grand champion of the NC Christmas Tree Association contest and then the National Christmas Tree Contest in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Smith had attempted to win the contest 5 times.

The Christmas Tree was selected by White Chief Usher, Timothy Harleth, and Superintendent of the grounds, Dale Haney. Larry had selected 10 trees that would fit in the standards of the Blue room. After going around they selected the tree and topped it with a red bow.

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White House receives its Christmas tree

White House receives its Christmas tree Published November 23, 2012   WASHINGTON – ‘Tis the season. A tree grown in North Carolina will deck the halls of the White House this Christmas season. This year’s official tree arrived Friday morning with all the traditional fanfare atop a horse drawn carriage with “O Christmas Tree” playing in the background. The 19 foot Frasier Fir was chosen in early October from a prize winning Christmas tree farm in the North Carolina mountains and was recently harvested for its journey from Ashe County to Washington. First Lady Michelle Obama, along with daughters, Sasha and Malia, welcomed the tree to the White House. Farm owners Rusty and Beau Estes are this year’s grand champion winners from the National Christmas Tree Association which has provided the White House tree each year since 1966. The tree will be decorated and displayed throughout the holiday season in the Blue Room of the White…

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White House Christmas Tree Begins its Journey

White House Christmas Tree Begins its Journey By James Howell   The White House Christmas tree finally started its long journey from Peak Farms to the White House’s Blue Room, stopping along the way to be celebrated by the community. “This is a very exciting time for the Estes family and Ashe County,” said Jennifer Greene, the executive director of the North Carolina Christmas Tree Association. The journey began at Peak Farms at 10 a.m., when the White House Christmas tree was cut down, baled and loaded into the semi-truck that would deliver the tree to the White House. N.C. Commissioner of Agriculture Steve Troxler attended the tree cutting at Peak Farms. “I would like to thank Rusty and Beau for bringing the bacon back to North Carolina,” said Troxler. “North Carolina hadn’t sent a tree to the White House since 2008, and it was nice to end the drought.” Troxler also said “I don’t think Christmas trees from any other state can match the quality of the Christmas trees grown in North Carolina.” After the tree was loaded into the semi-truck, it made its way through West Jefferson during the town’s annual holiday parade. Afterward, the tree stopped at the Ashe County Courthouse for the “White House Christmas Tree Cutting and Celebration;” one last stop before being delivered to the White House. Several members of the community attended the event, including U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx. Also in attendance was Cabot Hamilton, the executive director of the Ashe County Chamber of Commerce, who addressed to the public during the event. “We’re here to thank Rusty and Beau, but we’re also here to celebrate agriculture, which is the number one industry in North Carolina.” According to Hamilton, Ashe County has the second highest total of Christmas tree farms of any county in the nation. Ashe also ranks fourth in its number of trees and fifth in acreage devoted to Christmas tree farming in the nation. “The great thing about tree farmers in Ashe is they’re our neighbors. We know these people; we see them in the grocery store and their children go to the same schools as everyone else’s,” said Hamilton. “They also make great contributions to our community,” said Hamilton. The Ashe County Christmas Tree Association estimates the Christmas tree industry contributes more than $60 million annually to the Ashe County economy. According to Hamilton, this is the seventh tree to visit the White House from Ashe County. North Carolina leads all states with 12 Christmas trees sent to the White House. Wisconsin and Washington are tied for the second most White House Christmas trees with seven each, meaning Ashe County alone has produced as many White House Christmas trees as the second place states. The tree was set to arrive at the White House by Monday evening or early Tuesday morning….

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A North Carolina Fraser Fir Displayed in the White House for the 12th Time

  Rusty and Beau Estes, owners of Peak Farms, have earned the right to present an 18 1/2 foot Fraser fir to the White House for display in “The Blue Room.” The selected White House Christmas tree began its life from seed in 1990 when George H. Bush was President. There have been three additional presidents since that time and the tree is now 22 years old. Rusty Estes has been involved in the Christmas tree industry since 1979, starting with only 200 trees in the ground and a retail lot in Lenoir, North Carolina. Rusty began growing Christmas trees on the side while working as a golf course superintendent in Avery county where he says, “the winters were tougher and the ground was harder.” Rusty owned a Christmas tree retail lot for 15 years before selling out and moving to Ashe County, North Carolina with his wife Ann and two children, Beau Estes and Katirie Estes. Beau graduated from North Carolina State University in 2002, and started working in the golf course industry. Beau moved back to Ashe County in 2003 and began his full-time career in Christmas trees. He married Amanda Korevec, who now teaches 1st grade at Blue Ridge Elementary School. They have two sons, Colin Estes and Riley Estes. Rusty and Beau have seen many changes in the Christmas tree industry, but one thing that remains the same is their dedication to education. Peak Farms collaborates with North Carolina Cooperative Extension who conducts research projects on their farm that have potential impacts, not only for them, but the entire industry. They also work to educate youth about Christmas trees. Every year local first graders make a trip to Peak Farms to learn about the benefits of Christmas trees. The children also place tags on harvested trees requesting the city and state of each buyer. The children then begin their mapping project showing where every tagged tree has been shipped. Students leave Peak Farms with their own tree that they can plant at their home. “We haven’t done this on our own. We had a lot of help getting started with what to do, when to do, and how to do. We greatly appreciate everyone who has helped us along the way.” Rusty Estes, Peak…

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NC Tree White House Bound

North Carolina is once again White House bound for Christmas. For the 10th time since 1966, when the tradition began, North Carolina will have the honor of presenting a REAL Christmas tree – a perfect Fraser fir – to the First Lady for display in the White House Blue Room. Christmas Tree Grower Joe Freeman & wife Linda will make their coveted journey to Washington the week after Thanksgiving with a tree from their Ashe county farm. Joe & Linda won this honor by winning the Grand Champion title at the National Christmas Tree contest held in Portland Oregon in 2006. To be eligible to enter a tree at the National competition in Portland, Joe first won the North Carolina Christmas Tree Association state contest. Joe currently grows Fraser fir Christmas Trees at Mistletoe Meadows, his 130 acre farm in Laurel Springs North Carolina, approximately 5 miles from the Blue Ridge parkway where he currently has approximately 100,000 trees planted. He also has additional tree farms in Virginia and in Moore county N.C. Wholesale customers include retailers, garden centers and fund raising groups. Joe owns and operates a retail lot in Asheboro N.C. during the retail selling season. Mistletoe Meadows produces approximately 15,000 wreaths in 12 sizes each Christmas Season. Joe is a member of the North Carolina Christmas tree association, National Christmas Tree Association, Ashe County Christmas Tree Growers Association, Mt Rogers Christmas tree Growers Association, & Virginia Christmas Tree Growers Association. Joe was the NCCTA Grand champion Wreath maker in 1992, 1994, 1996 & 2002. He grew the NCCTA Grand champion Tree in 2001. He also took top honors for the National grand champion Wreath in 1998 and 2004. Members of the White House staff will visit Joe’s farm in October to hand pick this years selection. The tree will be cut in late November and transported to Washington D.C. for a formal presentation to First Lady Laura Bush. The tree will be decorated by the White house floral department staff and…

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