Sweet Providence Farm provides Christmas trees for Governor's Mansion

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FLOYD CO., Va. (WDBJ7) Governor Ralph Northam and his family will celebrate the season with some Floyd County flair.

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Monday, the Virginia Christmas Tree Growers Association presented the Governor with two Christmas trees grown on Sweet Providence Farm.

John Houston and members of his family joined the Governor and First Lady outside the Executive Mansion. They were representing more than 500 Christmas tree growers around the state.

We caught up with Houston and his family before dawn, as they loaded the 12-foot Fraser Fir and a smaller tree for the trip to Richmond.

"Over this past weekend, we sold over 500 trees," John Houston told WDBJ7, "and so this is 501, I guess."

The Virginia Christmas Tree Growers Association holds an annual competition, and the winner provides the trees to the Governor's mansion. This is the second time Sweet Providence Farm has received that honor.

Rainey Houston said she's proud of her son, who now owns and operates the farm.

"When he took over the farm he made it better," Houston said. "The trees are prettier. He's more excited about it. So it's a lot of fun to see him go up and have this honor."

The celebration will be brief, with many more Christmas trees to sell before the end of the season.

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