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Riverview Christmas Tree Farm Ready To Compete With Amazon

CANTON, S.D. - Some of you bursting with holiday spirit will enjoy hearing this, others will not. Christmas is just 102 days away.

This year, many of you will have a new option when it comes to finding that special tree for your home. For the first time, Amazon is branching-out by selling and delivering full-sized Christmas trees starting in November. 

The Riverview Christmas Tree Farm, just southeast of Sioux Falls, is busy this September. They're trimming the perfect trees for the upcoming holiday season. 

"It's a lot of work but a lot of fun," Todd Gannon said. 

Gannon worked on the farm as a teenager and took it over a few years ago. Riverview also boasts a large selection of pumpkins. With 30 years of serving local families, he says it will be hard for Amazon to beat what this location can offer. 

Matt Holsen: What do you think about that competition?

Gannon: I'm not too worried about it. Amazon can't provide the experience we provide. The family tradition we provide and then also the freshness and quality of trees we provide. If Amazon wants to get in the business, good for them. I'm not too worried about the competition.

More than 2,000 trees at Riverview will be sold this season. Each one has been hand-cared for more than 60 times before it's cut down and hauled away. 

"Just getting to see all the joy that it brings to people. The family tradition, all the people coming out and just enjoying a good quality family environment and the smiles on their faces," Gannon said.  

Cutting your own tree costs between $9-$11 a foot at Riverview. Amazon is expecting to charge $115 and will likely get their supply from big farms in Wisconsin and northern Minnesota among others. 

In the meantime, as Christmas creeps closer on the calendar, Gannon's level of excitement matches his future guests. 

"Absolutely. My whole life. My mom is a Christmas nut and she passed it right on to me," Gannon said. 

Riverview opens for Christmas tree hunters the weekend before Thanksgiving. Right now, the farm is also prepping for it's Pumpkin Festival that will take place over three weekends in October. Gannon is excited to announce it will feature a new Haunted Trail Ride this year.  

This story got us wondering how long until the upcoming holidays.  Here's a visual reminder for you: 


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