OCONTO — The Majestic Fir, of Whispering Pines Tree Farm has won accolades at both the national and state-level competition. Mary and Dave Vander Velden entered a Majestic Fir for Whispering Pines at the National Christmas Tree Association (NCTA) summer meeting in North Abington Township, Pa., and won National Reserve Grand Champion. In 2020 Whispering Pines will have the honor of providing a Christmas tree for the Vice President’s official residence on the grounds of the Naval Observatory.

Chris Duffy, a long-time member of the Whispering Pines family, entered a Majestic Fir in the Wisconsin Christmas Tree Association contest and won Grand Champion Aug. 16 in Waldo, Wis. Whispering Pines will have the honor to present a tree for display in the Governor’s Conference Room this Christmas Season. Chris and Whispering Pines are eligible to enter a tree in the National Christmas Tree Association tree contest in 2021.

The National Christmas Tree Association has provided trees to the White House since 1966. Whispering Pines earned this honor in 2016 and presented the official White House Christmas tree to First Lady Michelle Obama. During the NCTA summer meeting, Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion winners were chosen to provide trees to the White House and the Vice President’s house for 2019 and 2020.

The Majestic Fir tree is an exclusive seed source Vander Velden and Duffy have been developing over several years.