National Tree & Wreath Contests
On July 25-26, Christmas Tree growers from across the U.S. met in Allegan, Michigan for the National Tree & Wreath Contests. A panel of industry experts served as judges, as well as attendees and consumers.
National Tree Contest - Species Category Finalists
Douglas-Fir: Chris Botek, Crystal Spring Tree Farm, Lehighton, PA – Grand Champion
True Fir: Dan Taylor, Dan and Bryan Trees, Kearneysville, WV – Reserve Champion
Spruce: Dale Hudler, Hudler Tree Farm LLC, West Jefferson, NC
Pine: Joe Hensler, Hensler Nursery Inc., Hamlet, IN

National Wreath Contest:
Undecorated Category:
1. Dale Hudler, Hudler Tree Farm LLC, West Jefferson, NC – Grand Champion
2. Joanna Clindaniel, Egolf Christmas Trees Inc., Wanatah, IN
3. Gary Hague, Hague’s Christmas Trees, Hatfield, PA

Decorated Category:
1. Dale Hudler, Hudler Tree Farm LLC, West Jefferson, NC – Grand Champion
2. Glenn & Jay Bustard, Bustard’s Christmas Trees, Lansdale, PA
3. Gary Hague, Hague’s Christmas Trees, Hatfield, PA

View pictures of all the finalists and winners.

Real Christmas Trees are the Best Choice
Real Christmas Trees Benefit the Environment
While they're growing, Real Christmas Trees support life by absorbing carbon dioxide and other gases and emitting fresh oxygen. The farms that grow Christmas Trees stabilize soil, protect water supplies and provide refuge for wildlife while creating scenic green belts. Often, Christmas Trees are grown on soil that doesn't support other crops. See what the experts say about Real Christmas Trees.

Real Christmas Trees Are Renewable
Real Christmas Trees are grown on farms just like any other agricultural crop. To ensure a constant supply, Christmas Tree growers plant one to three new seedlings for every tree they harvest. On the other hand, artificial trees are a petroleum-based product manufactured primarily in Chinese factories. The average family uses an artificial tree for only six to nine years before throwing it away, where it will remain in a landfill for centuries after disposal.

Real Christmas Trees Are Recyclable
Real Christmas Trees are biodegradable, which means they can be easily reused or recycled for mulch and other purposes. Learn about the many ways that Real Christmas Trees are being recycled and reused in communities nationwide.

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