Ron, Brenna, and I attended the pecan Growers Convention in Ardmore, Oklahoma. Ardmore is south of Paul’s Valley and Turner Falls where our teens went to Bible Camp last week. After church at Faith Baptist in Broken Arrow, we visited with Jordyn, her mom, and brother Kaiden, and Rose and Larry who came by to wish Ron a happy Father’s Day. Jordyn and Grandpa are working up a comedy skit or something. I tell you, Father’s Day can be stressful!
It was a long drive and the Oklahoma sky was clear of all but some puffy white clouds. We ate at the Prairie Kitchen and stayed at the Marriott Hotel next door to the Ardmore Convention Center. Red Crepe Myrtle bushes were planted around the hotel grounds. We explored around town and saw these cool horses sculpted from scrap metal.
The convention show floor featured booths of pecan products and orchard machinery, tools and information. There were workshops on interesting topics like controlling tree aphids and leaf scab, grafting and pruning, storing pecans, health issues, pecan research, and markets. There were also competitions by orchards for the best pecan varieties and crops. A pecan farmer in Muskogee took three of the top awards!
Elece, like the variety of the horse and bison sculptures in your photos. Life-size–or larger?–horse sculptures grace the Hunter Museum of American Art in Chattanooga, TN, one outside the entrance, and one upstairs near the changing exhibit gallery. They appear to be made of aged driftwood, but are really metal. Quite amazing. I love art you can touch!
I thought these life size horse sculptures were awesome. How they could get such lifelike poses with scraps of metal is something! I'd like to see the ones in Chattanooga, Karen.