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NC Fraser fir chosen to be White House's official Christmas tree

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RALEIGH (AP) -- For the 10th time in history, a tree from North Carolina has been chosen as the official Christmas tree in the White House. The tree was grown at Mistletoe Meadows Christmas Tree Farm in Laurel Springs in Ashe County. It's a 20-foot tall Fraser fir that's 13-feet wide and weighs 2,000 pounds. The trunk measures 18 inches at the base. After the branches are wrapped with baling wire, the tree will be cut down Friday morning to be delivered to Washington. Farm owner Joe Freeman and his wife, Linda, will present the tree to First Lady Laura Bush on Nov. 26. The tree will be set up in the Blue Room and decorated later that day. The Freemans won the honor by winning the Grand Champion title at the National Christmas Tree contest held in Portland, Ore., in 2006. They advanced to Portland by winning the North Carolina Christmas Tree Association contest. (Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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