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Albemarle County Farm Again Donates Tree for Charlottesville Grand Illumination

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John Vermillion John Vermillion
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ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) -

Charlottesville is getting ready for the holiday season.

Franklin Farms in Albemarle County is donating a 25-foot, 25-year-old Norway spruce for the city’s Grand Illumination celebration. Crews cut down the tree and loaded it up for delivery early Thursday, November 8.

The former-Christmas tree farm has been closed for over 25 years, but a section of trees were never harvested. Franklin Farm's owners say Charlottesville has been good to their family, and they wanted to return the favor.

"It's a feeling of pride and community spirit. Being part of the community for so many years, it’s just a simple way for us to be able to give back to the community," said John Vermillion.

This is the fourth tree the Vermillion family has donated for the Grand Illumination.

The tree will make its way to the Downtown Mall, where it will be decorated with over 20,000 lights.

The Grand Illumination celebration is set for Friday, November 30.

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