JEFFERSON-An Ashe County Fraser fir will once again grace our nation’s capital.
By the way of a nationwide competition, Beau and Rusty Estes have earned the honor of supply a towering Ashe County Christmas tree to Vice President Mike Pence’s house in 2018.
The selection was made last week in Green Bay, Wisc. Every other year, industry leaders and growers convene to choose two farmers to provide a tree for the White House and vice president’s house.
Larry Smith, of Avery County, will provide the centerpiece tree for the White House next year.
Ashe County has a history of providing holiday décor to the White House. In 2008, a Creston farmer provided a tree for the White House’ Blue Room. The Estes took home similar honors in 2012.
The Estes’ honor is one that all county growers can share, as it helps promote Ashe County Christmas trees.
Travis Birdsell, of Ashe County Cooperative Extension, said the Estes’ selection speaks volumes for the local tree industry.
“We are the largest tree producing county in the United States,” said Birdsell. “Naturally, we produce the best trees, not just the most. And we are consistently competing on the national level and sending trees to the White House. It’s recognition of how hard growers work to produce high quality trees.”
The local tree industry generates $90 million annually, said Birdsell.
Overall, the industry is stable, he said.
Reach Jesse Campbell at (336) 846-7164.
The Christmas tree industry continues to be a viable source of income locally.