Trees for Troops
State Contest Winners
At the end of November, members of the Indiana Christmas Tree Growers Association will once again present Statehouse officials with real Christmas trees for the 2022 Christmas season. The annual program places fresh, Indiana grown trees in the Capitol rotunda, the Governor's office and residence, and several other department offices.
Last year, fourteen trees were donated by the following nine Indiana Christmas tree farms.
Cassens Trees, West Lafayette
Dull's Tree Farm, Thorntown
Hensler Nursery, Hamlet
Sambol's Tree Farm, Fortville
Millbrook Tree Farm, Yorktown
Egolf Christmas Trees, Wanatah
Yakey Tree Farm, Fishers
Piney Acres Farm, Fortville
Cruise in Trees, Cutler
In late November, ICTGA members will once again be taking part in the Trees for Troops program to be sure that our military families enjoy a Merry Christmas with a REAL tree from our Indiana Christmas tree farms.
ICTGA National Director Lance Sambol serves as the Trees for Troops state coordinator for two pickup locations in Indiana. Rex and Janice Zenor of Piney Acres Farm at Fortville, Indiana will once again serve as the FedEx pickup location for the central Indiana area and Joe Hensler and Scott Heeren will provide second FedEx pickup location at Hensler Nursery near Hamlet, which is in the north central part of the state.
In addition to donating trees, several farms will be collecting donations for the program.
On July 28th ICTGA members took their trees and wreaths to the Indiana State Fair for the State Tree and Wreath Contest. The following members took home top honors.
In the Christmas Tree Division, Dull's Tree Farm took home first place in the Fir and Pine categories and won Best of Show with their outstanding fir tree. Cassens Trees won the blue ribbon in the Spruce category and won Reserve Best of Show. As a result, these two tree farms are eligible to place a tree in the Statehouse Governor’s Office and Governor’s Residence this Christmas season. They are also eligible to take trees to the 2023 National Tree Contest.
In the Christmas Wreath Division, Dull's Tree Farm won first place in the Decorated and Undecorated Divisions. See photos.