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Hundreds pack annual Hort Show

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The WA 38, a new apple variety that will likely be ready for commercial planting next spring, was a hit at apple tastings at the Washington State Horticulural Association’s annual gathering in Wenatchee this week.

WENATCHEE — An estimated 1,200 to 1,500 fruit growers, packers and shippers flocked this week to the 109th annual meeting of the Washington State Horticultural Association & Northwest Hort Expo.

The convention ran Monday through Wednesday at the Wenatchee Convention Center.

Dozens of presentations, many in Spanish, addressed the gathering’s topic of “Is Your Orchard Ready? Preparing Your Operation for the Future?” Expert speakers, discussion panels and scores of displays highlighted new fruit varieties, machines and orchard management systems.

Also, more than 130 Expo vendors filled convention center ballrooms and spilled into the aisles and nearby parking lot with new products. Expo coordinator Dawn Milne said the sellout trade show was one of the largest hort trade shows ever in Wenatchee.

The Hort Convention will return to Wenatchee in 2016, after a trial run next year in Tri-Cities and a trip to Yakima in 2015.

For more on the event, see the Business Ag section in this Sunday’s Wenatchee World.

 

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