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Littleton, CO – (October 12, 2020) – In a normal year the selection of the White House Christmas tree is a media event at the NCTA Champion Grower’s farm attended by 100 or more people to observe the White House team select the perfect tree for the Blue Room. But…2020 is far from a normal year—there was no selection event this year. Instead, the tree was quietly chosen at Dan and Anne Taylor’s farm, they are the 2020 NCTA Grand Champion Grower.
The Taylors have supplied Christmas trees to decorate the White House for a number of years, except of course, the Blue Room tree which comes from NCTA’s Grand Champion Grower. Dale Haney, White House Superintendent of Grounds, visited Taylor’s farm to pick out the other trees for the White House. While he was there he was able to also see the large trees they had available to select among for the Blue Room. This special tree has to fit exacting and particular specifications to go on display is such a historic room. Mr. Haney’s viewing of the trees that day became the selection process; a beautiful 18 ½’ tall Fraser Fir was chosen to be displayed in the Blue Room of the White House this holiday season.
The Taylors were named 2020 Grand Champion at the National Christmas Tree Association’s National Christmas tree contest. With this award goes the honor of presenting a Christmas tree to the White House. Mr. Taylor is celebrating his win after participating in numerous state contests, he continued to pursue the honor of providing a tree to the White House. “We are honored to have the opportunity to represent the Christmas tree growers of America, by continuing the tradition of providing a tree to the White House Blue Room, which will be viewed by millions of people. This will be an experience of a lifetime for our family, especially for our children, who are accompanying us for the presentation of the tree to the White House” said Taylor.
2020 will mark the 55th year a member of the National Christmas Tree Association has presented the official White House Christmas Tree for display in the Blue Room, a tradition that began in 1966.
About the National Christmas Tree Association (NCTA) The National Christmas Tree Association is the national trade association representing the farm- grown Christmas tree industry. NCTA represents hundreds of active member farms, 38 state and regional associations and nearly 4,000 affiliated businesses that grow and sell Christmas trees or provide related services. For information on real Christmas tree selection and care tips, or to find a Christmas tree farm or lot in your area, please visit http://www.realchristmastrees.org