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It could be Christmas in July for some lucky tree grower


ALLEGAN (WKZO) -- Christmas tree growers from all over the U.S. are converging on Allegan to compete for the honor of supplying the official White House Christmas tree this year.

There are five pages of specifications for the official White House tree.   It has to be exactly 18-1/2 feet tall to fit into its traditional location in the Blue Room, and there are many other requirements.   

A Michigan tree hasn’t been picked for the honor since 1985.  Michigan is the third largest producer of Christmas trees with more than 38-thousand acres dedicated to raising the special crop. 

National Christmas Tree Assocociation Director Rick Dungey says there will be two days of judging that will take place in three rounds.  The judging will be done by a panel of growers, industry experts and consumers. 

The judging will take place at Peterson’s Riverview Nursery in Allegan Friday and Saturday.