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Christmas tree farmer ready for the season

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Finding the perfect Christmas tree can be a bit of a challenge, but for one farmer it's not so much about which one you pick, but about the fun you have while doing it.

Charles Newby has been a Christmas tree farmer for a long time.

"I started in 1970," said Newby.

At his farm in Wausau, there's no shortage of pine trees to pick from.

"Pines versus spruces,” Newby said. "I've got about between 18,000-20,000 trees."

Every single one is planted by hand. Newby says fresh is the best.

"They should get a real tree. Don't get a fake tree. Get a real tree, because it helps our economy, it's nicer. There are a number of reasons why people should get real," said Newby.

The farm isn't open for business yet, but owners say they'll be ready when the customers come knocking.

"We get any where from 1,000 and 1,500 people come out and they all come out at the same time so it gets to be a rat race," Newby told Newsline 9.

The Wisconsin Christmas Tree Producers Association reports there are more than 1,000 tree farms in the state. While Newby's is just one of those, he say he sells more than just trees.

"Anybody can grow a tree, but we try to sell an experience here and a family tradition," said Newby. “When the people are happy, I’m happy."

Newby's Evergreen Farms is set to open the day after Thanksgiving and will be open every Friday through Sunday until Christmas.

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