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The selection of Christmas trees was a family affair this fall as Joe Freeman, left, of Walker, joined his granddaughter, Macey, 4, and daughter, Megan Morris of Laporte, as they selected and cut down two spruce trees Saturday at the Smrekars Acres Tree Farm in Guthrie. Pioneer Photo/Bethany Wesley

Christmas trees thriving; good growing year won't bolster drought in South

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While a drought has affected the crop of Christmas trees in the southern United States, locally grown Christmas trees are thriving.

"It's actually been a really good growing year," said Natascha Smrekar, the owner of Smrekars Acres Tree Farm in Guthrie.

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Smrekar said the dry fall, though, means that trees will likely need lots of water once they get home so they don't dry out.

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