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Sahuarita Pecan Festival Paid Special Tribute to the Military

Care Packages Delivered to Troops Serving Overseas During the Holidays

SAHUARITA, Ariz. – The 9th Annual Sahuarita Pecan Festival, held earlier this year on Veterans Day, honored those who have served the country as well as active members of the United States military. In addition to several veteran recognition events, including a flyover by the 162nd Wing and a special Festival photo of more than 50 local veterans, Green Valley Pecan Company collected messages from the public to send to troops currently serving overseas.

Sahuarita Pecan Festival guests of all ages wrote words of gratitude on leaf-shaped paper that was then attached to pecan tree branches during the Nov. 11 event. These messages were later laminated and attached to various items as part of care packages that were shipped overseas to a troop adopted by Green Valley Pecan Company; this particular troop includes a Green Valley Pecan Company employee’s stepson.

In total, Green Valley Pecan Company shipped six boxes with items ranging from magazines and games to snacks and personal care essentials. An additional two boxes were also included in this shipment containing 500 one-ounce bags of pecans.

“Green Valley Pecan Company honors all veterans and those currently serving in the United States military. We feel that it is our duty to support the efforts and morale of those who are protecting the land that we harvest. We are proud to have worked together among the staff and community in sending care packages to the troops, especially this time of year when many are celebrating the holidays away from their home and their families,” said Paula Beemer, Sahuarita Pecan Festival Coordinator.

Community members interested in sending their own care packages to troops overseas can work with the United States Postal Service to request a kit with packing supplies and all necessary forms. More information can be found at or by calling 1-800-610-8734.

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10th Annual Festival Scheduled for Nov. 10, 2018

2017 Sahuarita Pecan Festival
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SAHUARITA, Ariz. – Green Valley Pecan Company hosted the 9th Annual Sahuarita Pecan Festival on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 at the Green Valley Pecan farm, drawing approximately 25,000 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—hosted by Tagg Running Events—that led nearly 350 runners and walkers through the pecan orchard. The top male finisher in the 3.3-mile was 29-year-old Jose Rodriguez with a time of 18:22.0; the top female finisher was 33-year-old Lauren Reasoner from Sahuarita with a time of 20:58.6.

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Thirteen pies were entered in the Festival’s Pecan Pie Contest, hosted by Mama’s Hawaiian Barbeque. The 2017 winner was Morgan Scott of Sahuarita. In second place was Louann Young and in third place was Christina Stephens. They all used Green Valley Pecans as the main ingredient in their pies. Participants were judged by District 4 Pima County Supervisor Steve Christy, Chef Frédéric Lange from Lavender’s Restaurant in Green Valley, Town of Sahuarita Mayor Tom Murphy, retired actor Michael Caprio who performed in well-known productions such as “Amistad” and “The Sopranos,” and Chase Emery, a member of the Sahuarita High School culinary arts program.

As a major annual event in the Sahuarita and Green Valley communities, the Sahuarita Pecan Festival helps support local volunteer groups and non-profits. This year, $14,000 was raised, a portion of which will be distributed to local community groups within the coming weeks, including: the Amado-Green Valley Community Food Bank; Walden Grove High School groups such as the Student Council, the Booster Club, Wolfpack Football team, the Camera Club, the Cheer team, and the Law & Public Safety; Boy Scouts of America Troop 301; Valle Verde Rotary Club; the Sahuarita Food Bank; the Sahuarita Police Explorers; Tucson Synchro; and Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, an organization dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military service personnel and disabled veterans through fly fishing. In total, the Festival has raised nearly $100,000 for the community over the past nine years.

“The 9th Annual Sahuarita Pecan Festival was a huge success! Guests were able to get some holiday shopping done while also learning about the farm and honoring our veterans. Best of all, we raised money for local charities that will help families in our community. Join us next year for our 10th Anniversary on Saturday, Nov. 10!” said Paula Beemer, Sahuarita Pecan Festival Coordinator.

The Sahuarita Pecan Festival is held at the Green Valley Pecan Company located at 1625 E. Sahuarita Road in Sahuarita, AZ. The inaugural event was in 2009; over the past nine years, the Festival has raised approximately $100,000 for local charities. For the more details, please visit the official Festival website at Additional information can also be found on Facebook (/SahuaritaPecanFestival) and Twitter (@PecanFestival).

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9th Annual Sahuarita Pecan Festival on Veterans Day, November 11

SAHUARITA, Ariz.The 9th Annual Sahuarita Pecan Festival is Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hosted by the Green Valley Pecan Company, the Sahuarita Pecan Festival offers family-friendly activities for all ages while supporting local community organizations.

The Sahuarita Pecan Festival is held at the Green Valley Pecan Company, 1625 E. Sahuarita Road, Sahuarita, AZ. Festival attendees can take advantage of the free shuttle service from two locations around Sahuarita: Walden Grove High School, and Sahuarita School District’s parking lot. Also, parking (general and disabled) will be available immediately south of the festival grounds for $5 per car. Most of the festival grounds and parking areas are not paved; please take care and be aware of the grounds when getting around.

The Festival averages nearly 20,000 attendees each year. Over the past seven years, the Festival has raised more than $25,000 and 7,000 pounds of food for local charities.  Additional information can also be found on Facebook (/SahuaritaPecanFestival) and Twitter (@PecanFestival).

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·         The 9th Annual Pecan Classic Nut Run/Walk, starting at 9 a.m. Register online at; register by Oct. 31 to receive a free tech T-shirt.

·          The Kid’s Area will include bounce houses, carnival games, bungee jumping and pony rides and our popular Arabian horse demonstrations presented by Southern Arizona Arabian Horse Association.

·         Arts and crafts vendors in the marketplace, selling locally made, unique items perfect for holiday shopping.

·         Food vendors from all over Southern Arizona, preparing BBQ, sweets, and treats.

·         A Heritage Area, featuring tractor pull contests, antique tractor displays, and Model A cars.

·         Horse-drawn wagon rides into the orchard for pecan harvest demonstrations.

·         A Pecan Pie Contest, sponsored by Mama’s Hawaiian Barbeque. The entry fee is $10 and the registration form, due on Nov 10, can be found on the Festival website, along with additional details.