Richmond County residents have a large selection when deciding where to buy a Christmas tree this year. To make the decision easier, here are a few places to choose from.
Russel Pait, John Patrick and Sam Stanridge run this Christmas tree lot that is in Sam’s Auction on Hwy 74 E., near the Walmart shopping center. Open at 10 a.m., 10 percent of all proceeds are given to the American Veterans, also called AMVETS. The Fraser fir trees, which come from Linville, N.C., range in size and price from 5 feet which costs $35 to 7 feet which costs $55. Handmade wreaths are also for sale. For more information call John Patrick at 910-582-4507 or Russel Pait at 910-894-3379.
Lindsey’s Christmas Tree Lot
This family business, owned by Lindsey Steadman, his wife and two sons, has been in business for more than 25 years. Open seven days a week 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., they sell a wide variety of trees, wreaths, garland and reindeer made out of Christmas tree trunks. The Christmas trees come from West Jefferson, N.C. Lindsey’s also carries trees that still have the roots intact for growing a Christmas tree in the front or back yard. Lindsey’s Christmas Tree Lot is located next to Lindsey’s Tire Service on 115 Biltmore Drive, Rockingham. For more information call 910-997-2200.
This grocery store chain has been selling Christmas trees for more than eight years. Food Lion starts selling the trees before Thanksgiving and stops when they are sold out. Located in the Broad View Plaza at 481 E. Broad Ave., the store is open seven days a week, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. The trees vary in sizes but they all cost $29.95. For more information call 910-997-7468.
These Christmas trees are sold to benefit the four teams that make up Richmond Thunder. These travelling youth fast pitch teams consist of a variety of ages from 8 and younger, 10 and younger, 12 and younger and 14 and younger. All proceeds are dispersed among the teams to pay for tournament entry fees, uniforms, insurance, equipment, and sanction fees. The trees are pre-sold and then cut down in Sparta, N.C. two days before they are brought back to Richmond County. The customer then picks out a tree they would like based off of the size they purchased.
The trees range in size and price from 4 feet which costs $27 to 12 feet which costs $180. Danny Lampley, CEO of Richmond Thunder, said the most popular tree is seven to eight feet and costs $62. United Way also sells wreaths, garland and decorative pieces for a mantle. For more information, or to buy a tree for next year, call Lampley at 910-206-2735. Although the trees have already been sold for this year, Lampley is willing to make another trip to Sparta to bring back more.
— Staff Writer Laura Edington can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 18, or by email at email@example.com.