Held June 10-12 at McCall, ID's historic Shore Lodge overlooking Payette
Lake, the Idaho-Oregon Fruit & Vegetable Association convention brought
several dozen association members and companions to this year’s 48th annual
According to Candi Fitch, executive director of the association, "Attendance
for the convention and annual meeting was the largest it has been for several
Idaho-Eastern Oregon is one of the larger onion growing regions in the
United States, shipping about 30 percent of the onions consumed
domestically. The nonprofit association has a membership of about 40
agricultural companies, the largest percentage of which are onion shippers.
The balance is comprised of area fruit shippers. Adding to the overall
numbers are approximately 80 industry support companies as associate
The members and associate members termed this year’s event the “Welcome
Home” convention, Ms. Fitch said. “For 37 years, the IOFVA held its annual
convention and business meeting at Shore Lodge in McCall, and then about 10
years ago the association, due to Shore Lodge closing its doors to remodel,
moved the annual event to the Sun Valley [ID] area,” she said.
Ms. Fitch said that several attempts were made to move the convention back
to McCall, and in 2010, “[IOFVA] President Marc Bybee and the board of
directors were successful in making that happen.”
Convention co-chairpeople were Chad and Tracy Faaborg of Industrial
Ventilation Inc., and Gregg and Randee Garrett of Boise Inc. Packaging.
Changes were made to the activities agenda this year, Ms. Fitch said, noting
specifically that transportation members hosted tables for the Texas hold-em
poker tournament and the addition of a first Fruits vs. Veggies softball
tournament. “The fruit side took home the traveling trophy,” she said.
Other diversions included a golf scramble, tennis competition, canoe cruise,
mushroom hunt and basketball free-throw challenge.
Additional weekend highlights included Friday morning’s industry breakfast
keynote speaker Katy Coba, director of the Oregon Department of Agriculture.
Friday evening saw the members honor Stanley Robison of Robison Fruit
Mr. Robison, president of the association from 1967 to 1968, detailed for
attendees how he started in the industry as a young man and where it has
progressed over the years.
The association held its annual business meeting on Saturday morning, and
the weekend closed with a family buffet dinner that featured comedian Kermit
Apio from Seattle.