Raleigh County man humbled that his trees were picked for Capitol Christmas decorations

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UPDATE: Nov. 29, 4:41 PM

MOUNT HOPE, WV (WVNS) — Local trees were picked to be this year’s Capitol Christmas decorations.

Two trees from Absher Tree Farms in Mount Hope were chosen on behalf of the West Virginia Tree Growers Association. David Absher, the owner of the tree farm, originally offered up a tree that was growing in his backyard for more than 25 years. Then, the association noticed another tree, and asked if they could take that one as well. The first tree is 30 feet and the second is 25 feet.

“Well, I feel humbled but I feel honored. That I grew that tree from a little seedling, about this high, and it grew into a 30 foot tree. I didn’t intend on cutting it but when I got the opportunity to donate it to them I felt that was worthwhile,” Absher said.

Absher tree farms will be selling other trees that are much smaller in Beckley until Christmas time. They are stationed in the parking lot of Beckley plaza.

ORIGINAL STORY:

CHARLESTON, WV (AP) — West Virginia has picked two massive trees from Mount Hope to be this year’s Capitol Christmas decorations.

State officials on Tuesday said the nearly 30-feet-tall trees were donated by the owners of Absher Christmas Tree Farm on behalf of the West Virginia Tree Growers Association.

The Canaan Fir and Norway Spruce trees were planted nearly 30 years ago. They’ll be in place for the state’s free Joyful Night Celebration on December 10.

A video posted by the state administration department shows one of the trees being hoisted into place at the Capitol complex.


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