By David Meyer
A local tree farm can proudly say that theirs is the official White House Christmas Tree. After winning the state competition in four consecutive years Whispering Pines Tree Farm in Oconto took home the top prize at the National Christmas Tree Contest. Their tree will be displayed in the Blue Room at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Owners Dave and Mary Vander Velden and two family members will arrive at the White House in a horse-drawn carriage to hand deliver the tree to first lady Michelle Obama. Dave Vander Velden describes the process of the team from the White House and National Parks Service finding the perfect tree.
A tree cutting ceremony was held on Tuesday at Whispering Pines Tree Farm and was attended by locals and students who were able to go on a field trip to the ceremony.