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This year's White House Christmas tree supplier picked Saturday in Allegan


ALLEGAN  (WKZO) -- There apparently was no home-field advantage for Michigan Christmas Tree growers in having this year’s White House Christmas Tree competition in Allegan.

The Crystal Springs Tree Farm in Lehighton, Pennsylvania was chosen to supply the tree, and a West Virginia grower will be their back-up supplier.

A Michigan Tree farm hasn’t been chosen in nearly 30-years, even-though Michigan is the third largest producer of Christmas Trees in the nation.

The Competition was held at Peterson’s Riverview Nursery in Allegan Friday and Saturday. Last year they picked a tree farm in New Jersey.

Growers were judged on a wide range of tree qualities by an impartial panel made up of growers, tree experts and consumers.

The growers, who came from all over the U.S.  had to survive three rounds of scrutiny and evaluation.

The actual trees will be picked and harvested from the tree farm in Pennsylvania this fall.