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Governor's mansion tree arrives

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

A Fraser fir from southwest Virginia will adorn the Governor's mansion this year. First Lady Maureen McDonnell was there to greet the tree as it arrived Monday morning at Capitol Square. The twelve foot tree was cut over the weekend, and chosen for the mansion by the State Tree Growers Association.

"You just go out on the farm and you hunt and you hunt until you find the prettiest tree on the farm, and you enter it in the contest," said Rodney Richardson who has been growing trees for thirty-two years.

It isn't as easy as it sounds, Richardson has about 300,000 trees on his farm, and more than a million Christmas trees are harvested and sold every year in Virginia. For every tree harvested, two to three seedlings are planted in its place.

Evert's Tree Farm in Elk Creek, Virginia also presented wreaths for the mansion.

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