Picking a Christmas tree worthy of the White House – WFMZ Allentown


Christmas is still a few months away, but the task of picking out the perfect tree to stand tall in the White House happened in Carbon County on Wednesday.

White House representatives traveled to Lehighton to pick out a flawless Christmas tree to be displayed in the Blue Room of White House.

Chris Botek is the owner of Crystal Spring Farm.

He said, “It has to be perfect. It has to be as close to perfect. You’ll scour the farm looking for just one special tree.”

Botek knows all about growing the perfect tree because his farm is where White House Representatives found this year’s national tree.

Botek said, “We’re honored to put a Christmas tree in a very special place.”

This is the farm’s fourth tree that was chosen to be displayed in the Blue Room of the White House during the holidays.

White House Grounds Superintendent Dale Haney said this year’s selection was a rare find and he is excited to bring it to Washington, D.C.

Haney said, “It just says Christmas all over it. To be able to come up here and find a concolor fir that’s twenty feet tall, it’s really an unusual tree to find this tall and to be able to bring it into the White House is spectacular.”

Rick Dungey, who is the Executive Director of the National Tree Association, said in order for a tree to be the Official White House tree, the grower has to win a lot of contests.

He said, “It’s a real proud moment for Christmas tree farmers in America.”

Dungey said the tree will be presented to the First Lady near Thanksgiving and the Botek family is invited to the nation’s capital to see it all decorated for the holidays.

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