At the world’s largest Christmas tree auction, in Pennsylvania, more trees and higher prices are expected.


At the world’s largest Christmas tree auction, in Pennsylvania, more trees and higher prices are expected.

MIFFLINBURG – According to the person in charge of the world’s largest Christmas tree auction, this year’s event will have more trees, more first-time buyers, and higher prices.

Approximately 50,000 Christmas trees will be sold to wholesalers beginning at 8 a.m. Tuesday, according to Neil Courtney, manager of the Buffalo Valley Produce Auction near Mifflinburg.

Friday is the weekend.

Standard-sized trees require a minimum lot size of 50 square feet.

Smaller lots are more likely to have large trees and exotic varieties.

At 9 a.m., the auction will begin with approximately 40,000 wreaths, 8,000 rolls of roping, center pieces, winter berries, bulk greens, and other holiday decorations.

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The baled Fraser firs, Douglas firs, blue spruces, white pines, and other species come from growers from Canada to North Carolina, according to Courtney.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, there were no trees from Canada last year, he said.

Courtney predicted, “I think we’ll have a huge sale.”

He said the growing season was good, and the quality appears to be good.

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He expects over 100 first-time buyers.

They must provide credit information ahead of time, he explained.

He explained that this is due to the scarcity of trees.

Courtney won’t say how much the trees will sell for, but he did say that the prices “are going to be high.”

That comes after a year in which, as he put it, auction prices were “pretty much off the charts,” resulting in a retail price increase of (dollar)10 to (dollar)15 for a typical tree.

The trees are being transported right away because buyers want them in stores by Black Friday, according to Courtney.

The tree auction takes place outside, while the majority of the decorative items are housed in two large structures.

He said the overflow is on skids outside.

Ridge Road, about 4 miles west of Lewisburg, is where the auction facility is located.

From the Dreisbach Church Road/Route 45 intersection, signs direct you in the right direction.

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