Oconto Co. tree wins state Christmas tree title – Fox11online.com

Dave Vander Velden, owner of Whispering Pines Tree Farm, stands with Chris Duffy, his employee. The farm’s balsam fir won the Grand Champion award at the annual Wisconsin Christmas tree contest held near Deer Park in northwestern Wisconsin. They also received the Reserve Champion award for their Fraser fir. Dave Vander Velden, owner of Whispering Pines Tree Farm, stands with Chris Duffy, his employee. The farm’s balsam fir won the Grand Champion award at the annual Wisconsin Christmas tree contest held near Deer Park in northwestern Wisconsin. They also received the Reserve Champion award for their Fraser fir. (WCTPA photo)

DEER PARK – A balsam fir from Northeast Wisconsin took home top honors in a state Christmas tree competition.

The tree, from Whispering Pines Tree Farm in Oconto, was named Grand Champion Wisconsin Christmas Tree at the Wisconsin Christmas Tree Producers Association’s summer convention. The tree also won first place in the balsam fir class, one of five competition categories. The others are Fraser fir, any spruce, any pine and other, which may include Douglas fir, Concolor fir, Veitch fir or Korean fir.

A Fraser fir from Whispering Pines was also named reserve champion in its class.

For winning the championship, Whispering Pines owner Dave Vander Velden will present a tree to Gov. Scott Walker in December. The tree will be displayed in the Governor’s Conference Room of the state Capitol. Whispering Pines may also enter the National Christmas Tree Association contest to be held in Illinois in July. The winner of that contest will present a tree to the First Lady of the United States at the White House.

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