Sept. 4, 2014
A seven-foot-tall, Fraser fir from Claybrooke Farm in Louisa County is named the state’s 2014 Grand Champion Christmas Tree during the Virginia Christmas Tree Growers Association (VCTGA) annual conference in Winchester.
The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) congratulated growers John and Virginia Carroll of Claybrooke Farm. A tree from their Louisa County farm will also represent the state in the 2015 National Christmas Tree Association Contest.
The panel of judges selected the winning tree on the basis of several criteria including foliage, density, uniformity, taper and marketability. A Claybrooke Farm tree previously won the state’s Grand Champion title in 2011.
This year’s Grand Champion Wreath is from Gwen Jones of Jones Tree Farm in Spotsylvania. She used White pine for her winning design, and has the honor of presenting a wreath to decorate the front door of the Governor’s Mansion throughout this year’s holiday season. In addition, a Jones Tree Farm wreath will represent Virginia in the 2015 National Christmas Tree Association Wreath Contest.
Virginia has more than 500 Christmas tree farms. The Virginia Christmas tree industry ranks #7 in the U.S. by total trees harvested, #8 in the U.S. by total acres in production and #10 in the U.S. by number of operations with Christmas tree sales, according to the latest U.S. Department of Agriculture statistics from 2012.
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