The History of Grand Champions

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Each year, the National Christmas Tree Association conducts a national contest to select a National Grand Champion Christmas Tree grower. The winner has the honor of presenting a Christmas Tree to the White House for display in the Blue Room. Here is a summary of National Grand Champion growers over the years. 

Year State Grower Tree Presented
2013 New Jersey
John & Leslie Wyckoff
Douglas-Fir
2012 North Carolina Rusty and Beau Estes Frasier Fir
2011 Wisconsin Tom and Sue Schroeder Balsam Fir
2010 Pennsylvania Christopher Botek Douglas-fir
2009 West Virginia Eric & Gloria Sundback Douglas-fir
2008 North Carolina Jessie Davis & Russell Estes Fraser Fir
2007 North Carolina Joe Freeman Fraser Fir
2006 Pennsylvania Francis Botek Douglas-fir
2005 North Carolina Earl, Buddy & Betsy Deal Fraser Fir
2004 Washington John & Carol Tillman Noble Fir
2003 Wisconsin Jim and Diane Chapman Fraser Fir
2002 Washington Ed & Cindy Hedlund Noble Fir
2001 Pennsylvania Janice, Darryl & Aimee Bowersox Concolor Fir
2000 Pennsylvania Paul & Sharon Shealer Douglas Fir
1999 Washington Ed & Cindy Hedlund Noble Fir
1998 Wisconsin James & Diane Chapman Balsam Fir
1997 North Carolina Sanford Fishel Fraser Fir
1996 Ohio Kenneth Scheetz Blue Spruce
1995 North Carolina Ron Hudler & Danny Dollar Fraser Fir
1994 Missouri Lynn & Myron Schmidt Blue Spruce
1993 North Carolina Wayne Ayers Fraser Fir
1992 Oregon Bob Kintigh Grand Fir
1991 Oregon Gary & Audrey Sander Noble Fir
1990 North Carolina R. Bruce & Michael Lacey Fraser Fir
1989 Pennsylvania Duane, Meade & Bradley Berkey Fraser Fir
1988 Wisconsin Irv & Alyce Daggett Balsam Fir
1987 West Virginia Eric & Gloria Sundback Fraser Fir
1986 Washington Ron & Dorothy Palmer
Charley & Dorothy Burton
Fraser Fir
1985 Michigan Stephen Vander Weide Blue Spruce
1984 North Carolina Hal & Sarah Johnson Fraser Fir
1983 Washington Ken Scholz Noble Fir
1982 North Carolina Hal & Sarah Johnson Fraser Fir
1981 Pennsylvania Eric & Gloria Sundback Douglas Fir
1980 Indiana Harry Eby Douglas Fir
1979 West Virginia Eric & Gloria Sundback Douglas Fir
1978 New York Guy Cockburn Veitch Fir
1977 Washington Alvin Hofert Noble Fir
1976 Wisconsin Ken Guenter Balsam Fir
1975 New York Guy Cockburn Douglas Fir
1974 Michigan Ed Cole Concolor Fir
1973 North Carolina Homer & Bruner Sides Fraser Fir
1972 Washington Alvin Hofert Noble Fir
1971 North Carolina Kermit Johnson Fraser Fir
1970 Wisconsin Calvin J. Frelk White Spruce
1969 Ohio Roy R. Pierce Blue Spruce
1968 Indiana Don Goodwin White Pine
1967 Ohio Gordon Anderson Blue Spruce
1966 Wisconsin Howard Pierce Balsam Fir


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January 15, 2019

Maine Christmas Tree Association
Augusta, ME

January 19, 2019

Ohio Christmas Tree Association

January 25-26, 2019

Wisconsin Christmas Tree Producers Association Winter Convention


Kansas Christmas Tree Growers Association
Manhattan, KS

January 26, 2019

New Jersey Christmas Tree Growers Association Winter Meeting 
Rutgers EcoComplex in Bordentown

February 7 – 9, 2019

Pennsylvania Christmas Tree Growers Association
State College, PA

February 21 – 22, 2019

North Carolina Christmas Tree Association
Blowing Rock, NC

February 22, 2019

Pacific Northwest Christmas Tree Association
Wilsonville, OR

February 28-March 1, 2019

Michigan Christmas Tree Association Winter Meeting
Traverse City, MI

March 7 – 9, 2019

Minnesota Christmas Tree Association
Minneapolis

August 8 – 10, 2019

Summer 2019 NCTA Board Meeting & National Tree and Wreath contest
To be held in conjunction with the
Pennsylvania Christmas Tree Growers Association Summer Meeting at
Roba Family Farms
North Abington Township, PA