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TUESDAY, NOV. 20, 2007

CONTACT: Bill Glenn, marketing specialist
NCDA&CS Marketing Division
(828) 253-1691, ext. 13
Linda Gragg, executive director
N.C. Christmas Tree Association
(828) 262-5826

Ag Commissioner Troxler to watch Friday as Christmas tree
from Laurel Springs is cut, loaded for trip to White House

Commissioner to attend 10 a.m. cutting, 2 p.m. send-off in Jefferson

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler will be on hand when a 20-foot-tall Fraser fir from Mistletoe Meadows farm in Laurel Springs is cut and loaded for its trip to Washington, D.C., where it will be displayed in the Blue Room of the White House.

Troxler also will speak at a send-off ceremony at 2 p.m. at the Ashe County Courthouse in Jefferson.

WHEN: Friday, Nov. 23, 10 a.m.

Mistletoe Meadows                                
583 Burnt Hill Road, Laurel Springs


Mistletoe Meadows is owned by Joe Freeman and Linda Jones. They earned this honor by winning Grand Champion at the National Christmas Tree contest in Portland, Ore., in 2006. They are scheduled to present the tree to First Lady Laura Bush at the White House on Monday, Nov. 26.

This is the 10th time a North Carolina Fraser fir has been selected for the White House’s Blue Room, more than any other state.

-bal 5-



NCDA&CS Public Affairs Division, Brian Long, Director
Mailing Address:1001 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1001
Physical Address: 2 West Edenton Street, Raleigh NC 27601
Phone: (919) 733-4216; FAX: (919) 733-5047

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