Christmas tree grower Larry Smith has capped off a year of accolades and media attention with a trip to the White House and his presentation of the tree that will be displayed in the Blue Room this holiday season.

The tree was selected on Sept. 24 during a media event that brought White House staff, as well as state and National Christmas Tree Association officials, to Smith’s Newland farm. The gaggle of television crews was an unusual sight in a town of about 700 people.

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