The History of Grand Champions

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Each year, the National Christmas Tree Association conducts a national contest to select a National Grand Champion Christmas Tree grower. The winner has the honor of presenting a Christmas Tree to the White House for display in the Blue Room. Here is a summary of National Grand Champion growers over the years. 

Year State Grower Tree Presented
2013 New Jersey
John & Leslie Wyckoff
Douglas-Fir
2012 North Carolina Rusty and Beau Estes Frasier Fir
2011 Wisconsin Tom and Sue Schroeder Balsam Fir
2010 Pennsylvania Christopher Botek Douglas-fir
2009 West Virginia Eric & Gloria Sundback Douglas-fir
2008 North Carolina Jessie Davis & Russell Estes Fraser Fir
2007 North Carolina Joe Freeman Fraser Fir
2006 Pennsylvania Francis Botek Douglas-fir
2005 North Carolina Earl, Buddy & Betsy Deal Fraser Fir
2004 Washington John & Carol Tillman Noble Fir
2003 Wisconsin Jim and Diane Chapman Fraser Fir
2002 Washington Ed & Cindy Hedlund Noble Fir
2001 Pennsylvania Janice, Darryl & Aimee Bowersox Concolor Fir
2000 Pennsylvania Paul & Sharon Shealer Douglas Fir
1999 Washington Ed & Cindy Hedlund Noble Fir
1998 Wisconsin James & Diane Chapman Balsam Fir
1997 North Carolina Sanford Fishel Fraser Fir
1996 Ohio Kenneth Scheetz Blue Spruce
1995 North Carolina Ron Hudler & Danny Dollar Fraser Fir
1994 Missouri Lynn & Myron Schmidt Blue Spruce
1993 North Carolina Wayne Ayers Fraser Fir
1992 Oregon Bob Kintigh Grand Fir
1991 Oregon Gary & Audrey Sander Noble Fir
1990 North Carolina R. Bruce & Michael Lacey Fraser Fir
1989 Pennsylvania Duane, Meade & Bradley Berkey Fraser Fir
1988 Wisconsin Irv & Alyce Daggett Balsam Fir
1987 West Virginia Eric & Gloria Sundback Fraser Fir
1986 Washington Ron & Dorothy Palmer
Charley & Dorothy Burton
Fraser Fir
1985 Michigan Stephen Vander Weide Blue Spruce
1984 North Carolina Hal & Sarah Johnson Fraser Fir
1983 Washington Ken Scholz Noble Fir
1982 North Carolina Hal & Sarah Johnson Fraser Fir
1981 Pennsylvania Eric & Gloria Sundback Douglas Fir
1980 Indiana Harry Eby Douglas Fir
1979 West Virginia Eric & Gloria Sundback Douglas Fir
1978 New York Guy Cockburn Veitch Fir
1977 Washington Alvin Hofert Noble Fir
1976 Wisconsin Ken Guenter Balsam Fir
1975 New York Guy Cockburn Douglas Fir
1974 Michigan Ed Cole Concolor Fir
1973 North Carolina Homer & Bruner Sides Fraser Fir
1972 Washington Alvin Hofert Noble Fir
1971 North Carolina Kermit Johnson Fraser Fir
1970 Wisconsin Calvin J. Frelk White Spruce
1969 Ohio Roy R. Pierce Blue Spruce
1968 Indiana Don Goodwin White Pine
1967 Ohio Gordon Anderson Blue Spruce
1966 Wisconsin Howard Pierce Balsam Fir


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July 7-8

MACT, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois Summer Meeting
Pine Tree Barn, Wooster, OH
For more information: www.midamericachristmastree.com

 

July 13-15

Christmas Tree Farmers of New York
Springside Farm, Pompey, NY
For more information: www.christmastreesny.org 
Or call: 518-854-7386

 

July 15

Missouri Christmas Tree Association
For more information: www.missourichristmastrees.org

 

July 21-22

Pennsylvania Christmas Tree Growers Association
Family Tree Farm
Red Lion, PA
For more information: www.christmastrees.org

 

August 3-4

Michigan Christmas Tree Association Summer Meeting
Montcalm County Fairgrounds/Korson’s Tree Farm
For more information: www.mcta.org
Or call: 800-589-8733

 

August 4-6

Southern Christmas Tree Association AND Georgia Christmas Tree Association Annual Joint Meeting
Valley, AL 
For more information: www.southernchristmastrees.org

 

August 12

West Virginia Christmas Tree Association
Wilkerson Christmas Tree Farm
Griffithsville, WV
For more information: wvchristmastreegrowers.com

 

August 16-19

National Christmas Tree Association Meeting
August 16: NCTA Board of Directors Meeting - Radisson Hotel
Green Bay, Wisconsin

 

August 17-19

Wisconsin Christmas Tree Producers Association
National Christmas Tree Contest
Green Bay, Wisconsin
August 17: Wisconsin Summer Convention - special field day - Whispering Pines Tree Farm
August 18: Wisconsin Summer Convention - trade show and tree contests - Radisson Hotel
August 19: Wisconsin Summer Convention - farm tour - North Countree, Inc.
For more information: www.christmastrees-wi.org/SummerConvDetails
Email with questions: info@christmastrees-wi.org or info@realchristmastrees.org

 

August 24-26

Texas Christmas Tree Growers Association
Crown Plaza Hotel
Austin, Texas
For more information: www.texaschristmastrees.com

 

August 25-26

North Carolina Christmas Tree Association
Shatley Farms
West Jefferson, NC
For more information: www.ncchristmastrees.com

 

September 8-9

Pacific Northwest Christmas Tree Association
Tree Fair and Trade Show
Portland, OR
For more information: www.pnwcta.org/news-events/events/

 

September 16

California CTA Summer Meeting and Tree & Wreath Contest
Silveyville Christmas Tree Farm in Dixon, CA  
For more information call: 209-669-6668
Or Email: CalifCTA@aol.com

 

Maine Christmas Tree Association
Searsmont, ME
For more information: www.mainechristmastree.com
Or call: 207 793-4658

 

October 7

New Jersey Christmas Tree Growers’ Association, Indian Summer Meeting
Perfect Christmas Tree Farm
Phillipsburg, NJ
For more information: www.njchristmastrees.org