Green Valley Pecan Company hosted the 9th Annual Sahuarita Pecan Festival on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 at the Green Valley Pecan farm, drawing approximately guests throughout the day. Families and friends celebrated Veterans Day at the Festival with horse-drawn wagon rides, pecan cracking contests, tractor pull contests, and Veteran recognition events, including a flyover by the 162nd Wing and a special photo at the Festival of more than 50 local veterans that was featured in the Green Valley News.
The Sahuarita Pecan Festival kicked off in the morning with the 9th Annual Pecan Classic and Family Fun Run that led nearly 350 runners and walkers through the pecan orchard. Student Council members from Walden Grove High School volunteered at the race and received a portion of the funds for student activities on campus.
In addition to the Heritage Area highlighting antique tractors and the tractor pull contests, the Kids Area featured Arabian horse demonstrations presented by the Southern Arizona Arabian Horse Association , the Boy Scouts monkey bridge, and other kid-friendly activities.
One of the most popular activities was the horse-drawn wagon ride into the orchard for pecan harvest demonstrations. All proceeds from this went directly to the Community Food Bank – Green Valley.
The Pecan Store had a special tent at the Festival, selling holiday gift items as well as delicious pecans to be used for holiday baking. Green Valley Pecans would be perfect in making holiday pies, such as the Festival’s Pecan Pie Contest winner’s pie! Morgan Scott’s pie competed against 12 other pies and took home first place! The Pecan Pie Contest was sponsored by Mama’s Hawaiian Barbeque .
Pecan Store gift items—in addition to being sold at the Festival—can be purchased all holiday season online or in-person at the Pecan Store located at 1625 E Sahuarita Rd from 9am to 5pm Monday through Saturday or 10am to 4pm on Sunday.
Favorite holiday gifts include the large party trays and the gift boxes. Both come in a variety of sizes and pecan combinations, such as sweet praline, spicy cinnamon, milk chocolate, honey toasted, butterscotch, and fresh natural pecans, among others.
The Green Valley Pecan Gift Catalog is also available for more holiday shopping ideas. Pick up a copy at the Pecan Store or call the store at 800-327-3226 to request a catalog be mailed to your home.
As a major annual event in the Sahuarita and Green Valley communities, the Sahuarita Pecan Festival not only provides a venue for holiday shopping but it also helps support many local volunteer groups and non-profits. Over the past nine years, the Festival has raised nearly $100,000 for the community!
Mark your calendars! Next year’s Sahuarita Pecan Festival—our 10th Annual—is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 10.
For more information on the Sahuarita Pecan Festival, please visit the official Festival website at www.SahuaritaPecanFestival.com. Additional information can also be found on the Sahuarita Pecan Festival’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
For more information on Green Valley Pecan Company holiday gifts, please visit www.PecanStore.com. For updates, recipes, and other pecan-related information, follow Green Valley Pecan Company on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Pinterest.