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2023 and 2024 National Christmas Tree & Wreath Contest Winners Selected from North Carolina

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On August 10, 2023 The National Christmas Tree Association (NCTA) hosted the 2023 National  Christmas Tree and Wreath Contest in conjunction with the Minnesota Christmas Tree Association  summer meeting August 4, 2023 at Wolcyn Tree Farms & Nursery, Cambridge, MN. 

2024 Grand Champion Grower-David, Jim & Sam Cartner, Cartner Christmas Tree Farm, Newland,  NC. They will provide and present a North Carolina Fraser fir Christmas tree that will be displayed in  the Blue Room of the White House in 2024. Photo submitted.

The 2023 and 2024 Grand Champion and Reserve Champion growers were selected. These growers will continue the 58-year-old tradition of presenting farm-grown Christmas trees to the White House (Grand Champion growers) and Vice President’s Residence (Reserve Champion growers). The huge amount of publicity generated for farm-grown Christmas trees from this high-profile NCTA program is priceless to our industry. Champion and Reserve Champion Decorated and Undecorated wreaths were also selected at the contest. The contest entries were all excellent giving the judges and NCTA members in attendance a good offering to choose among with their votes. The following winners were selected: 

2023 Grand Champion Grower-Alex Church & Amber Scott, Cline Church Nursery, Fleetwood, NC.  They will provide and present a North Carolina Fraser fir Christmas tree that will be displayed in the  Blue Room of the White House in 2023. The Selection of the 2023 Blue Room Christmas Tree will  take place at a selected farm of the National Christmas Tree Association Grand Champion Christmas  Tree growers of Cline Church Nursery, Fleetwood. Selection will take place by White House staff in  September or October on a date to be announced. Cline Church Nursery will present the First Lady  with a Real Fraser Fir Christmas Tree for display in the White House Blue Room in November 2023.  

Grand Champion Decorated Wreath-Amber Scott, Cline Church Nursery, Fleetwood, NC. Photo submitted.


About the White House Christmas Tree 

Since 1966, members of the National Christmas Tree Association have presented the official White House Christmas  Tree for display in the Blue Room. Each year NCTA hosts a national tree contest at which growers, industry experts and  consumers vote to select the Real Christmas Tree grower who will provide the official White House Christmas Tree. To  qualify for the national contest, growers must first win their state or regional competitions, so being named National  Grand Champion is quite an achievement. 2023 marks the 58th year a member from the National Christmas Tree  Association has presented the official White House Christmas Tree. 

About Cline Church Nursery 

Cline and Ellen Church started at a young age – just teenagers – in 1974 preparing land and planting their dreams on  family farmland in Fleetwood, North Carolina in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. By 1977 Cline Church Nursery  was formed and the first trees were harvested in 1981. What began as a small operation is now a 700-acre tree farm  

with Fraser Fir Christmas trees and Nursery Stock in various stages of growth as well as a garden center open April  through mid-December. A second generation is coming up in the company – Cline and Ellen’s children, Amber Scott and  Alex Church both have a passion for the industry and have plans to continue planting and harvesting trees for years to  come. 

About Cartner Christmas Tree Farm 

The Cartner Christmas Tree Farm has been growing high quality Fraser fir Christmas trees for wholesale and choose and  cut customers since being founded in 1959 by Sam and Margaret Cartner. The farm is managed by the Cartner brothers David, Jim, and Sam Jr. David Cartner is a lawyer and practices in Asheville, NC. On the farm, David is responsible for  sales and shipping logistics. Jim Cartner owns and operates a veterinarian clinic in Statesville, NC. Jim visits the farm  throughout the year and assists with order loading during harvest. Sam Cartner is a veterinarian and Director of the  Animal Resources Program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He makes frequent trips to the farm and visits  customers throughout the year. Ronnie Beam is the Field Manager. He implements the production aspects of the farm  and is directly responsible for selection and tagging as well as equipment maintenance. 

About the North Carolina Christmas Tree Association 

The mission of the North Carolina Christmas Tree Association (NCCTA) is to promote “real” Christmas Trees through  marketing and education. We will contribute to the success of the Christmas Tree Industry by providing ethical,  professional, and visionary leadership. The North Carolina Christmas Tree Industry is ranked second in the nation in  number of trees harvested and produces over 26% (26.7) of the real Christmas trees grown in the United States. (2017  USDA census of Ag) The North Carolina Fraser fir has been judged the Nation’s best through a contest sponsored by the  National Christmas Tree Association and chosen for the official White House Christmas tree fourteen times (more than  any other species) …1971, 1973, 1982, 1984, 1990, 1993, 1995, 1997, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2012, 2018 and 2021.

Courtesy of the North Carolina Christmas Tree Association.