November 20, 2018

Happy Land Tree Farm, grower of the 2018 Minnesota State Fair Grand Champion Christmas Tree, has donated a 20 foot Balsam Fir that will be displayed outside the Minnesota State Capitol Building. Happy Land not only took the Grand Champion prize at the 2018 fair, but also the Reserve Grand Champion award! This makes Happy Land a six time Minnesota State Fair Grand Champion producer. The Christmas tree is scheduled to be installed and lit by November 26, 2018.

Happy Land Tree Farm is a family tree farm owned and operated by brothers Ken and Phil Olson in Sandstone, Minnesota. Ken started in the tree business in 1963 when he was 15. Happy Land has over 600 acres of coniferous and deciduous tree varieties.

Each Minnesota Grown Christmas tree farm and grower-owned lot offers a unique setting to enjoy finding the perfect Christmas tree; many also offer free family-friendly activities like sleigh rides, visits with Santa, and nature walks. By cutting a locally grown tree, families have the chance to visit a farm and learn what it takes to grown the beautiful tree that they will enjoy this season. Happy Land Tree Farm is one of 64 Minnesota Grown Christmas tree growers.

Christmas trees are renewable crops grown specifically for harvest. Trees can take a decade to grow to market height and are regularly clipped, as well as given water and nutrients to ensure they grow in the traditional shape. After the holiday season, Christmas trees may be recycled, as they are 100 percent natural.

Visit the Minnesota Grown website to find a Christmas tree grower in your area at Call ahead or check the farm’s website before your visit for the latest news, hours of operation, and additional details.


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David Van Amber, Communications Coordinator