Small town’s Christmas tree is part of a big rivalry

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CHESNEE, S.C. (AP) – A small South Carolina town is boasting a massive Christmas tree that’s even taller than the one in the state capital.

Chesnee, with a population of about 900, boasts a tree that’s about 60 feet, according to The Spartanburg Herald-Journal .

The tree that’s planted in a city park was decorated Saturday with about 4,000 lights. Billy Jolley, who helped plant the tree and organizes Chesnee’s Christmas festivities, says he’s certain it’s the tallest in the area.

Nearby Spartanburg and Greer have trees standing about 30 feet, while Inman boasts one that is between 30 and 40 feet when topped with a star. Across the state in Florence, a crowd turned out Saturday for the lighting of a 27-foot tree at Carolinas Hospital.

In Columbia, meanwhile, WYFF reports that the governor presided over the lighting last weekend of a 35-foot fir from a Maryland tree farm that serves as the state tree.

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