The Wenatchee World

Weather:

Weather

The latest extended forecast from The Weather Channel

Remove this weather forecast

This Afternoon

Hi78° Sunny

Tonight

Lo51° Clear

Monday

Hi83° Sunny

Monday Night

Lo54° Partly Cloudy

Tuesday

Hi82° Mostly Sunny

Tuesday Night

Lo55° Slight Chance T-storms then Slight Chance Showers

Wednesday

Hi76° Heavy Rain

Wednesday Night

Lo54° Heavy Rain

Thursday

Hi72° Slight Chance Showers

Thursday Night

Lo51° Mostly Cloudy

Hundreds pack annual Hort Show

Send to Kindle
Print This

photo Buy this photo

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.

 

Reach Mike Irwin at 509-665-1179 or . Read his blog Everyday Business or follow him on Twitter at @MikeIrwinWW.