Gov. Walker cuts down Christmas tree at Oconto Tree Farm

Gov. Walker cuts down Christmas tree at Oconto Tree Farm

The tree will be placed in the state Capitol
OCONTO, Wis. (WFRV)--With Christmas less than two months away, tree farmers are busy getting ready for the holiday season.

One tree farmer in our area had two special customers Wednesday.

Governor Scott Walker and First Lady Tonette visited Whistling Pines Tree Farm in Oconto Wednesday to cut down a Christmas tree that will be placed in the Governor's Conference room.

Whistling Pines tells Local 5 News this has been a good year for the harvest.

Wisconsin is one of the top five states in country for Christmas tree sales.

At Whispering Pines in Oconto selling Christmas trees has been a tradition for more than 25 years.

Owner Dave Vander said, “We have a really fun family place to come.”

Despite strong storms over the summer, this year has been particularly good for the harvest.

“We had storms out here but we missed all the hail.  I didn’t hear of any farms getting the hail and that’s about the only thing that would really hurt our trees," said Vander Velden.

Whispering Pines is home to more than 150,000 trees and it takes several years before a tree is ready to be cut down.

During the holiday season thousands of families will come here to chop down their trees. 

This year, Whispering Pines was one of two farms to be picked to provide trees for the Capitol building. 

“It’s important to get out and do something like this and support the treet goers," said First Lady Tonette Walker.

Governor Walker and the First Lady  cut down the tree.

But it’s more than just a fun way to kick off the holiday season, it’s a way to support the state’s agricultural industry.

“Wisconsin has a thriving Christmas tree business.  We’re one of the top 5 states in the country when it comes to Christmas trees," said Walker.

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