The National Christmas Tree begins the journey from Pennsylvania to DC

MIDDLEBURG, PA (WBRE / WYOU) – Preparations for the Christmas season are already underway in Washington DC, when a Christmas tree from a farm in Pennsylvania’s Snyder County began its journey to the state capital Friday morning.

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Darryl Bowersox grew up working on his grandfather’s farm, purchased in 1954. Decades later, he owns Hill View Christmas Tree Farm in Middleburg.

“I look at this, not so much from my own point of view, but what it means for the area,” Bowersox said.

After more than three decades of cultivating the 28 and a half foot tree, Bowersox decided to donate it to the nation as the national Christmas tree in 2021, which will be lit by President Biden. A trailer with the massive tree departed for Washington DC just after noon. 9:00 according to Nexstars WBRE / WYOU.

“The family and I talked about it and given the importance of the tree, what it means not only to the industry, but to the county, because it is the national Christmas tree, we decided we would donate it,” Bowersox said.

His son, Ben Bowersox, is the one who convinced him to hand in the tree.

“I pressured him to do it because I saw the opportunity and he did not. I just kept pushing him to do it, and then he told me he was sending an email, and then it all rolled out of there, ”Ben said.

Darryl said he is proud that the Christmas tree comes from his farm, but is even more proud it comes from central Pennsylvania.

“Yes, the tree is going to Washington, but we have a considerable amount of dirt from Snyder County, which will now be in the National Mall,” Darryl explained.

When asked what he thought his grandfather and father would think about the monumental day, Darryl said, “I think he would be speechless. I do not think he could have dreamed at all that something like this would even be very possible, but I know they would both be hugely proud. ”

This is definitely a Christmas time that this family will never forget as the Bowersox family is invited to the National Tree Lighting Ceremony in December.

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