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The Milam County Horticulture Committee annually holds a Pecan Show, which is designed to mimic the commercial grading of a pecan harvest. Each entrant is asked to submit a sample of 42 whole, unhulled nuts in a clear ziplock bag. The nuts must be from this years crop and from trees in Milam County. There are categories for classic pecans, commercial pecans and native pecans
The pecans are processed and judged first against pecans of like variety, on attributes such as weight, percent kernel, absence of insect damage and overall appearance. The w inners of each variety will compete against other varieties in their respective categories of classic, commercial or natives.
Entries are being accepted now through Nov. 17 at the Milam County Extension Office, and will be accepted from 7:30 a.m. until noon on Nov. 18 at the Youth Exposition Building in Cameron. Each sample should consist of 42 uncracked nuts in a plastic bag. You may enter as many pecan varieties as you would like, but only one entry per variety. If you are unsure of the variety of pecan you have, you may bring them and an attempt will be made to identify them.
The Pecan Show judging will begin at 4 p.m., and the awards program will be held at 6 p.m. at the YEB. As a new addition this year, immediately following the awards presentation, there will be a one hour Backyard Pecan Management program that is open to anyone who has interest in improving the pecan trees on your property.
This clinic will be focused to the individual homeowner and will specifically address management options of trees when commercial equipment and management is not possible.
The Milam County Horticulture Committee will also have their pecan cracker there to crack pecans for the public for $0.25/pound. No natives will be accepted and is at the discretion of the committee as to whether or not the pecans can be processed. We will begin accepting pecans for the cracker at 7:30 a.m.
The Milam County Pecan Show is held in conjunction with the Milam County Pecan Bake Show. If you have any questions regarding the pecan show, please call the extension office at 254-697- 7045.