Christmas tree shoppers happy to find well-stocked farms

CREATED Nov 24, 2012

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  • Milwaukee County forestry department Natural Recorces Technician Jon Peterson attaches a lift line to a 35 foot tall Colorado Blue Spruce next to the Cudahy War Memorial in Sheridan Park Monday, Nov. 19, 2012, in Cudahy, Wis. The tree was donated to the county and will stand in the rotunda of the Milwaukee County Courthouse. Image by Peter Zuzga

MILWAUKEE - For some, the weekend after Thanksgiving means shopping at the malls, but for others, it's the start of a one-day outdoor shopping blitz. 

Those who shop for a Christmas tree right after Thanksgiving tend to make it a yearly tradition.

Public concern about the availability of Christmas trees rose due to this year's drought, which greatly impacted the Midwest, but industry experts say the impact won't be felt for another seven years.