A Christmas tree from Oconto County is on its way to Washington D.C., where it will be put on display in the White House.
The nearly 20-foot tall tree was cut down during a ceremony at Whispering Pines Tree Farm near Oconto on Tuesday. It will be placed in the Blue Room of the White House during the holiday season.
Whispering Pines Tree Farm owner Dave Vander Velden says the tree was selected during a contest sponsored by the National Christmas Tree Association. He described the honor as similar to winning the Super Bowl or getting a gold medal at the Olympics. “For a tree farmer, it doesn’t get any better…you’re at the top of your game,” he said.
Vander Velden and his family will also have to opportunity to meet First Lady Michelle Obama, when they travel to Washington D.C. to present the tree later this month.