For the last eight years, Hensler Nursery in Hamlet has graciously donated trees to Indiana’s capitol. This year, Lt. Governor Becky Skillman recognized their commitment by presenting forest John Scheetz of the nursery with the “Partner in Progress Award,” as he presented the eight-foot Fraser Fir Christmas tree to her office.
Skillman also recognized the Indiana Christmas Tree Growers Association, thanking them for their service and commitment to Indiana for bringing real Christmas trees to the Capitol for all the years she has served as Lt. Governor.
Skillman commented on how much the real Christmas trees meant to not only her, but her staff as well, throughout the eight years she has been in office. She said the building is always busy throughout the holidays, and the tree is admired by everyone who visits her office.
Every year, the Indiana Christmas Tree Growers Association presents their real trees to the top officials in the state, and this year is no different. Hensler Nursery in Hamlet will be bringing a freshly-cut 26-foot Concolor Fir to the Statehouse Rotunda, alongside an eight-foot Fraser Fir for the office of Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman.
Kankakee Valley REMC was excited to once again give their assistance to Hensler Nursery with the task of cutting and loading the tree. KVREMC agreed to provide a bucket truck and digger truck, along with skilled operators, to assist in the felling of the tree and transportation.
A 26-foot Concolor Fir growing at Hensler Nursery in Hamlet will be cut down for Indiana’s Statehouse Rotunda tomorrow morning at 10 a.m.
This tree will be placed on a trailer for transport to Indianapolis and will be on display at Hensler’s over the weekend. The tree will be presented to the Governor on Wednesday, Dec. 12 in the Governor’s office at 9 a.m. ET.
The Giant Pumpkin Drop was held Saturday at Hensler Nursery in Hamlet where over 2,000 pounds of pumpkin were obliterated when dropped on a junk car. WKVI was there broadcasting live and everyone who attended got a chance to see the carnage.
A great crowd was on hand for the event. Two giant pumpkins were dropped as well as several smaller pumpkins. The smaller pumpkins were dropped for a donation toward the American Cancer Society. Donations were also taken for the Starke County Food Pantry.
The WKVI staff has been on location this week broadcasting from great businesses here in the Kankakee Valley. Today, Jerry Curtis, Lenny Dessauer, Kay Gudeman, Tom Berg and Pat Dunn were at Good to Go in North Judson to help celebrate their grand re-opening after a remodel project. Free hot dogs and hamburgers were served along with a discount in gasoline!
Thursday, the staff was at Christos Family Restaurant in Knox and helped give away several gift certificates and the Twist and Smiles Balloon Lady made all sorts of balloon creations for those who attended.
Saturday, we’re on the road again! This time, we’ll be at Hensler Nursery for the Third Annual Giant Pumpkin Drop. Two pumpkins that weigh over 1,000 will be dropped on a vehicle and several other “normal” sized pumpkins will be shot out of a canon thanks to the Fahrfunflinger organization. We will broadcast live from Hensler Nursery from Noon to 2:00 p.m. We hope to see you there!
The winner of the 2012 Giant Pumpkin Contest at Hensler Nursery is John Barenie from Griffith, IN with his contest-winning 1,233 pound pumpkin. John had a clean pumpkin sweep this summer winning his local Lake County Fair, the Indiana State Fair and the Indiana Pumpkin Growers Association contest hosted at Hensler Nursery. Barenie still holds the record for largest pumpkin grown in Indiana with his 1,308 pound pumpkin which won the recognition at the Grower Association contest hosted at Hensler Nursery in 2011. In 2011, Barenie began his string of victories winning first at the Indiana State Fair, and then at the Hensler contest.
WKVI was at Hensler Nursery in Hamlet on Saturday morning broadcasting live and helping the staff bring in the Christmas season. Many people were there picking out their perfect Christmas tree or getting wreaths and other greenery to create the perfect scene for the holiday season. It was a great way to kick off the wonderful time of the year. Enjoy these pictures from the event! Continue reading
Here is just some of the news that made the news in the Kankakee Valley this week:
Marvin Allen of Knox is this year’s recipient of the Indiana Historical Society’s Hubert Hawkins History Award. The award is made annually to a local historian for his or her distinguished service and career in local history.
Two trees from Hensler Nursery were delivered to the Statehouse this week.
Members of the Knox VFW and the American Legion laid wreaths at the War Memorial at the Starke County Courthouse. Organizer, Terry Turner, says this is a part of the national Wreaths Across America program.
John Hensler, of Hensler Nursery near Hamlet, Indiana, followed the trees he sent to Indianapolis, Monday. The trees make it on time for the ceremony, but the inclement weather prevented him from attending the affair. The ceremony for the tree provided for the Rotunda was hosted by Governor Mitch Daniels and the one for Lieutenant Governor Becky Skillman’s office was hosted by the Lieutenant Governor herself.
Trees from Hensler Nursery in Hamlet are going to Indianapolis today. Hensler’s will provide a 25 foot Concolor Fir for the Statehouse Rotunda. The tree is approximately 28 years old and had stood for years at Hensler’s main location.
A second tree grown by Hensler Nursery is an 8 foot Fraser Fir that is being presented to Lieutenant Governor Becky Skillman.