Wisconsin-grown Christmas tree wins national contest

The official White House Christmas Tree, which is from Wisconsin, goes up in the Blue Room. Photo courtesy of the White House

By MAA

A balsam fir Christmas tree grown by David and Jim Chapman of Silent Night Evergreens in Endeavor, Wis., was named the 2017 Grand Champion at the National Christmas Tree Association’s (NCTA) 2017 National Christmas Tree Contest.

As growers of the Grand Champion tree, the Chapmans will present the official 2017 White House Christmas tree this season. Since 1966, NCTA members provided the official Christmas Tree for display in the White House Blue Room.

Ed Hedlund of Hedlund Christmas Trees, in Elma, Wash., was named reserve champion of the contest.

Traditionally, the reserve champion grower has provided a Christmas tree for the vice president’s residence.

The Chapmans received the Grand Champion status in 1998 and 2003. They have also won numerous Christmas tree contests in their home state of Wisconsin.

White House staff members typically travel to the Grand Champion’s farm in the fall to select the tree that will grace the Blue Room.

That tree will need to be approximately 18 ½ feet tall, much larger than the 6- to 8-foot trees entered in the contest.

The chosen tree is typically harvested and presented to the White House shortly after Thanksgiving

The contest is held every other year so the 2018 winners were also announced: Larry Smith of Mountain Top Fraser Fir in Newland, N.C., as Grand Champion and Russell and Beau Estes of Pea Farms in Jefferson, N.C., as reserve champion.