White House Christmas tree selected from Shawano County, Wisc.

Timothy Harleth, chief usher for the White House (left), discusses the tree chosen as the Blue Room Christmas tree with Jim Chapman of Silent Night Evergreens, Sept. 25, 2017, at Hanauer's Tree Farms in Shawano County. (WLUK/Pafoua Yang)

SHAWANO COUNTY (WLUK) -- The White House will be getting a special delivery from Wisconsin again this year. A tree from Shawano County will be the primary Christmas tree at the White House this year.

But there's a twist to how this came about.

After sifting through pine needles and admiring the color and shape, it took less than 20 minutes for Dale Haney, the grounds superintendent at the White House, to find the perfect tree.

"The size and the shape, the color, great trunk. It's going to fill the room. It's going to look awesome in the Blue Room," he said.

You'll find this 19-and-a-half-foot tall Balsam fir at Dan and Julie Hanauer's tree farm. But there's a twist: Silent Night Evergreens, in Endeavor, was actually the winner of the National Christmas Tree Association contest.

"We can't even describe it, it is such an honor, you know, to be chosen number one in our entire industry," said Diane Chapman, one of the owners of Silent Night Evergreens.

Chapman says they didn't have a tree large enough for the White House's Blue Room. It has to be at least 18 and a half feet tall. So Chapman says they scoured several farms.

"So, we're able to find a tree wherever we can and fortunately Dan had a lot of beautiful trees we could choose from here and we're happy to be here."

The Chapmans say this is their third time presenting a Christmas tree to the White House. The first two times, President Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush were in office."

"Brake Bush Brothers, which is down near us, have generously offered to truck the tree for us out to Washington, to the White House and they did that for us last time in 2003," Chapman said.

The family says although it's not a tree from their farm, they're still proud of it.

Chapman will present the tree to First Lady Melania Trump in November.

Monday marked a symbolic "first day of Christmas" for the White House. White House representatives picked out a 19.5-foot-tall balsam fir from Shawano County to be displayed in the Blue Room this year.

Jim, Diane and David Chapman will present the tree to First Lady Melania Trump Nov. 20. The family was recently named the Grand Champion winners of the National Christmas Tree Contest. The Chapmans own Silent Night Evergreens, located in Endeavor, in Marquette County.

The family says while trees entered into the contest could only be eight feet tall, however the White House requires a Christmas tree at least 18.5 feet tall. Silent Night Evergreens doesn't have any trees that tall, so the Chapmans worked with Hanauer's Tree Farms in Shawano County to provide the tree tall enough for the White House.

“You know, we can’t even describe it. It is such an honor to be chosen number one in our entire industry," Diane Chapman said. "It is incredible, but if you think about it, I don’t know any other industry that have this honor to be able to do this."

White House Chief Usher Timothy Harleth and White House Grounds Superintendent Dale Haney picked out the tree and told FOX 11 they're excited to see it again in November.

"The size and the shape, the color, great trunk. It’s going to fill the room. It's going to look awesome in the Blue Room and it’s good all the way around. The whole thing is a front and I can just see it make the holiday season for the White House," Haney said.

close video ad
Unmutetoggle ad audio on off