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!