November 20, 2019
Christmas trees from Pennsylvania and New Jersey will decorate the White House and the vice president's residence this holiday season.
Mahantongo Valley Farms which straddles Schuylkill and Northumberland counties in Pennsylvania, will deliver its trees to the White House on Monday. Among the evergreens the farm will supply is the main Christmas tree featured in the White House's Blue Room – 23-foot-tall Douglas Fir that will become the White House's official tree, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.
The Christmas-tree suppliers for the White House and vice president's residence are selected each year by the National Christmas Tree Association. Members pick grand champion and reserve grand champion growers for its tree and wreath contest. The grand champion's trees go to the White House and the runner up's trees go to Number One Observatory Circle.
In September, White House officials visited Mahantongo Valley Farms – owned by the same family for 200 years – and selected the specific evergreen for the Blue Room.
The Blue Room tree is always delivered the Monday before Thanksgiving and traditionally, it is decorated by the first lady. The state's department of agriculture estimates it will be seen by 2 million visitors to the White House.
Vice President Mike Pence's Christmas tree was delivered earlier this week by Wyckoff's Christmas Tree Farm of White Township in Warren County, New Jersey.
Wyckoff's Christmas Tree Farm previously supplied the Christmas tree for President Barack Obama in 2013. The farm has also been named the New Jersey Grand Champion 10 times.