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Farmers to put pick in White House

Associated Press / August 27, 2009

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A Fraser fir from West Virginia will be the Christmas tree displayed inside the White House this year.

Tree farmers Eric and Gloria Sundback were selected this month as grand champions of the National Christmas Tree contest, conducted earlier this month at a growers’ trade convention in Tennessee.

It was a record fourth win for the Sundbacks. Their trees were displayed at the White House twice during President Reagan’s administration and once under President Carter.

The Sundbacks have grown Christmas trees since 1956 in Shepherdstown, about 80 miles northwest of Washington.

A team will pick an 18-to-19-foot tree from several candidates on the farm to be prepared for the Blue Room at the White House.