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Blaine House Christmas Trees Are Delivered

November 24, 2009

AUGUSTA – On behalf of the State of Maine, First Lady Karen Baldacci today accepted the donation of three Christmas trees from the Maine Christmas Tree Association. David Barden of Dalou Farms in St. Albans delivered three Balsam Firs from his farm. The trees will be placed inside the Blaine House and will be decorated in early December by the Kennebec Garden Club.

“We are please to accept this gift to the State,” said First Lady Baldacci. “There's something special about a real Christmas tree -- the beauty, the aroma and the traditions. They are also environmentally friendly, as another tree is planted for each one harvested. We encourage Maine people to support your local Christmas tree growers this season and enjoy the beauty of a fresh real Maine grown Christmas tree.”

“Christmas trees are an important tradition with Maine families for the holiday season,” said Maine Department of Agriculture Commissioner Seth Bradstreet. “Maine's tree farms are providing customers a lot more than simply selecting and cutting a live Christmas tree. Many farms incorporate other attractions such as refreshments, sleigh rides and gift shops, which provide an excellent opportunity for a fun family outing.”

Barden said the Maine Christmas Tree Association has donated trees to the Blaine House for about 20 years. There are approximately 140 members of the Maine Christmas Tree Association.

According to the Maine Department of Agriculture, there are 236 farms in Maine producing nearly 127,000 trees, with a total estimated retail value of $5.26 million.

For more information regarding Maine Christmas trees and where to cut your own, visit http://www.mainechristmastree.com

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