Oconto farmers deliver White House Christmas tree to first lady


WASHINGTON, D.C. (WBAY) – A couple of farmers from Oconto got to deliver the White House Christmas tree to First Lady Michelle Obama on Friday.

Dave and Mary Vander Velden of Whispering Pines Tree Farm were the winners of the 2016 National Christmas Tree Association national tree contest. Trees that win the contest are typically sent to the White House. Officials from the White House visited their farm in September to pick the tree.

A tree from their farm was supposed to be put on display in the Blue Room. However, their tree was not quite tall or full enough in time due to Wisconsin weather conditions this season, according to CNN.

Instead, an alternate 19-foot Douglas Fir tree donated by a tree farm in Pennsylvania will be put on display in the Blue Room. The Vander Velden’s tree will be displayed elsewhere in the White House, CNN reports.

The Vander Veldens cut their tree down last week. They flew out to Washington, D.C. to deliver it.