In 2009, Farmers Investment Co./The Green Valley Pecan Company and the Walden family began hosting this annual event as a way to give back to the community and provide an affordable family outing for their neighbors and friends. Since its creation, the Sahuarita Pecan Festival has raised over $100,000, almost 7,000 pounds of food for local charities and averaged over 20,000 attendees each year.
Proceeds for Non-Profits
2017 Sahuarita Pecan Festival
Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 was the Ninth Annual Sahuarita Pecan Festival hosted by FICO. The festival had approximately 71 vendors and 37 sponsors. Total sponsorships exceeded $56,650 and fees collected from food and arts and crafts vendors exceeded $8,000. The charities beneficiaries this year included: Valle Verde Rotary Club, Walden Grove High School’s various groups, Community Food Bank of Amado and Green Valley, Sahuarita Food Bank, Sahuarita Educational Enrichment Foundation (SEEF), SO AZ Project Healing Waters, Boy Scouts, Sahuarita 4H Club, and Tucson Synchro.
The festival generated $22,575 for the various non-profits. Volunteer groups logged over 1,000 hours.
2017 Pecan Classic
An estimated 25,000 people participated in this year’s festival which began with the Sixth Annual Pecan Classic 5K fun run.
The festival continues to be a well-regarded event in the community that meets its objectives of celebrating the agricultural heritage, educating the community about the company’s activities, provide an affordable venue for families to gather with neighbors and friends, and give back the community.
Because of supporters like FICO, emergency food assistance is available to those who need it. With your donation of $3,232.00 you are filling plates, bringing smiles, and nourishing families. Thank you for your donation and for the opportunity to be a part of the Pecan Festival. I am grateful you have chosen to help lead the way to a healthy, hunger-free community.
MARY JANE GOODRICK – Executive Director, Community Food Bank Amado & Green Valley
We enjoyed ourselves and loved how organized it was. I was impressed they had pecan shells and wet the parking area. Also, it was great how organized the parking was. Lots of activities for the kids. However, it was long rides. We met some very nice people. It was a great day!
DAWN M. RHODES – Festival Attendee