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The battle of the best pecan recipe is on! 

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Our 2021 conference is currently suspended, but we are anticipating a 2022 conference. For our membership, we are offering a 4-part webinar series. For more information, please follow the link below.

Your board is currently working on other possible education opportunities, so please visit often for updates!

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The Karin Davidson's Pecan Food Fantasy Contest


Do you have a pecan dish that everybody raves about? If so Pecan Food Fantasy is a contest with you and your dish in mind. Winners will receive a cash prize and a chance to feature their amazing dish on the Karin Davidson’s Pecan Food Fantasy Blog.

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WPGA Membership


WPGA membership includes educational opportunities, subscriptions to 3 pecan grower magazines, pecan advocacy in Washington D.C. through National Pecan Federation (NPF),  as well as marketing benefits from the American Pecan Council (APC) and US Pecan Growers Council (USPGC). 

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Western Pecan Growers Association offers a scholarship every year for students interested in pecan agriculture studies.

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Western Pecan Growers Association
2021 Conference

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Western Pecan Growers Association has made the decision to suspend the 2021 Western Pecan Conference.  While nothing can take the place of our in-person conference, the WPGA Board is now offering new ways to provide information and education services as part of our on going commitment to our membership:

  • A Quarterly Email Newsletter will be sent out to all our membership to provide industry updates, extension/research reports, and communication from our board members.
  • A Quarterly Webinar Series will be available exclusively to our 2021 registered members.  Each webinar will be approximately 2 hours and provide CEU credit.  These events will feature a variety of educational presentations, updates from pecan state organizations within the western growing region, marketing updates, etc.  Be sure to sign up for your 2021 Membership to receive updates on important dates and agendas.

Your WPGA Board is currently working on other ways we can provide opportunities for outreach, education, and connecting with our membership.  Please visit our site frequently to stay up to date.  We look forward to meeting again in person for our 2022 Western Pecan Conference, scheduled for March 6th-8th. Please contact us if you have any questions and we will be happy to assist you.

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2021 Membership Registration

WPGA membership includes educational opportunities, subscriptions to 3 pecan grower magazines, pecan advocacy in Washington D.C. through National Pecan Federation (NPF),  as well as marketing benefits from the American Pecan Council (APC) and US Pecan Growers Council (USPGC). Restrictions apply to international addresses.

Click the registration button below for your 2021 WPGA Membership. If you would like to only make a donation, please click on the donate button. Please retain your receipt for your records.

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Pecan Food Fantasy Contest

Let’s get creative baking with pecans!

Contest Detail

Due to the volatile state of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Western Pecan Growers Association has decided to postpone the 2021 Karin Davidson Pecan Food Fantasy Contest. Our members and contest participants safety is our top priority.


The Karin Davidson Pecan Food Fantasy Contest is scheduled to return on March 2022, during the Western Pecan Growers Association Annual Conference and Trade Show.


The Karin Davidson Food Fantasy Contest will be judged by food professionals. All participants will receive a certificate of participation when they deliver their entries. Ribbons will be given to the first three places in each category for youth and adult. Cash prizes are also awarded. First Blue Ribbon in all categories youth and adult is $40.00. The best traditional pecan pie in youth and adult is awarded $250.00 (sponsored by Leigh Fox Fletcher and Marge B. Fletcher). Outstanding Adult receives $200.00, and Outstanding Youth receives $100.00. Representatives from Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces will be presenting the 2020 Karin Davidson Food Fantasy Best of Show award of $250.00 at the Monday night banquet. Results will be posted online and available for viewing starting Monday March 2, 2020 by 9 am.


Entrants may enter all 15 categories, but, only one entry per category. All entries should be delivered on SUNDAY, MARCH 1, 2020 between 9 am and NOON. Deliver to the Hotel Encanto Ballrooms. All entries should be handmade by the entrant, and the food entry MUST CONTAIN PECANS. Exhibitors need to complete a LEGIBLE ENTRY FORM for each entry.  Exhibitors also need to submit a  LEGIBLE RECIPE with each entry. Please put all food on disposable containers because we cannot return platters. Refrigeration is available. Entries and recipes will become the property of WPGA. Questions? Contact: Jennifer Kosnick at pecanfoodfantasy@gmail.com for any Food Fantasy questions. Contact John White at 575.640.7555 if you would like more information about the Western Pecan Growers Conference.





Quick Breads. . 1 loaf or 6 muffins

Yeast Bread......... 1 loaf or 6 rolls


Un-Iced ........................ 1 cake

Iced ............................. 1 cake

CANDY… ................ 12 pieces

CHEESECAKE .............. 1 cake


Drop Cookies ....... 12 cookies

Bar Cookies ............... 6 Bars

Other Cookies…… 12 Cookies


…………………….. 6 cupcakes

OTHER PIES ................. 1 pie

TARTS ........... 1 large or 6 Small


UNUSUAL DESSERT. 6 servings if small; or 1 large (as in cake etc)

GLUTEN FREE BAKED GOOD- (See above for quantities)

(You may enter all 15 categories, but only ONE entry per category.) 

Guidelines for Traditional Pecan Pies

Please use the following guidelines if you are entering a traditional pecan pie.


Custard (Filling) Ingredients

Be sure your custard (filling) is made from a combination of the following ingredients:

Sugar (Can be white or brown)

Syrup (Can be light or dark; can also be honey or molasses)

Butter or Margarine

Eggs or Egg Substitute

Vanilla or Run (Extract or Flavoring)


Flour (Optional; may or may not include flour)


Pastry (Crust) Ingredients

Be sure your pastry (Crust) is made from the following items.


Shortening, Margarine, Butter or Oil


Water or Milk

Sugar (Optional; may or may not include sugar)

Vinegar (Optional; may or may not include vinegar)


Don’t forget! Put your entries into disposable containers. We cannot return containers.


For further Information, Contact: Jenni Kosnick Hart 575-644-5393

All entries & recipes become the property of Western Pecan Growers Association.

Pecan Food Fantasy Blog

Visit our blog for all the award winning pecan recipes.

Caliente Snickerdoodles

Submitted by: Debora Juarez 1st Place Drop Cookie- Adult   Ingredients Cookie Layers 3/4 cup butter, softened 1 cup sugar 1 egg 1 tsp. vanilla 1 1/2 cup flour 3/4 cup dark chocolate cocoa powder 1 tsp. baking powder   Filling 6 Tbsp. butter 6 Tbsp. brown...

Upside Down Pecan Cake

Submitted by: Ella Gamache 1st Place Un-Iced Cake- Youth   Ingredients • 1 cup unsalted butter, divided • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar • 1/4 cup light corn syrup • 1/4 teaspoon salt • 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans • 1 box butter flavored cake mix • 3 large...

Chocolate Pecan Bars

Submitted by: Abby Eden 1st Place Bar Cookie- Adult   Ingredients Cookie Layers 3/4 cup butter, softened 1 cup sugar 1 egg 1 tsp. vanilla 1 1/2 cup flour 3/4 cup dark chocolate cocoa powder 1 tsp. baking powder   Filling 6 Tbsp. butter 6 Tbsp. brown sugar 1...

Italian Cream Cake

Submitted by: Elizabeth Gravenstein 1st Place Iced Cakes- Youth Servings : 12 Author : Melissa Sperka Ingredients 2 cup all-purpose flour 1 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp baking powder 1 cup salted butter softened 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1/2 cup light brown sugar 2 tsp...

Carmelitas Carmelas Chocolate Rojo

Submitted by: Sana Handley 1st Place Candy- Adult ½ cup shortening ½ cup sugar ½ cup brown sugar 1 egg 1 tsp vanilla 1 ½ cup flour ½ tsp baking soda ½ tsp salt ½ cup chopped pecans 1 ounce package chocolate chips Preheat waffle iron. Spray with non-stick spray. Scoop...

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Western Pecan Growers Association Scholarship



Are you a passionate student with an interest in pecans? The WPGA Is offering a scholarship to undergraduate and graduate students. Tell us about yourself and you might be eligible for a scholarship from the WPGA. 

WPGA Scholarship News

Scholarship winners will be announced here.

2020 Undergraduate Scholarship Recipient

Tyler Driscoll  - Tyler is currently an undergraduate at Arizona State University. He is currently pursuing his degree in Entrepreneurship with a minor in Real Estate and a Certificate in Food Industry Management.

2020 Undergraduate Scholarship Recipient

James Robinson  - James is a high school graduate that is planning on attending New Mexico State University.

2020 Graduate Scholarship Recipient

Katherine Arnold  - Katherine is currently a graduate student at New Mexico State University pursuing her Masters Degree.  Her graduate research is focused on the chemical ecology of the pecan weevil, a quarantined pest that can cause significant economic damage to...

Scholarship Update

The scholarship opportunity and award criteria are being updated by the WPGA Board of Directors to better meet the mission of the organization and allowing a wider range of student engagement. Please be patient with us while we make these needed changes. We will post...

Wester Pecan Growers Association old address was www.westernpecan.org but now it is westernpecan.org. 

the annual western pecan growers association conference will not be held on March 3 – march 5th 2020