Trans-Pacific visitors learn about apples
Len Pugsley (second from left), horticulturist at McDougall and Sons, explains to the Japanese visitors how apples are tested for maturity at the packing house. Pictured center is David Kelts, head of the Wenatchee Valley Misawa Sister City Association.
A delegation of officials from Wenatchee’s sister city Misawa, Japan, took the opportunity to learn more about the tree fruit industry during a recent visit. Len Pugsley, horticulturist with McDougall and Sons, Wenatchee, Washington, gave them a tour of the company’s apple packing facility. The Japanese delegation was led by Kazumasa Taneichi, Mayor of Misawa.
The Japanese group’s visit coincided with the 80th Anniversary of the first non-stop trans-Pacific flight. Clyde Pangborn and Hugh Herndon, Jr., took off from Misawa in the Miss Veedol airplane on October 4, 1931, and landed 41 hours later in East Wenatchee. Misawa became East Wenatchee’s sister city 30 years ago and the city of Wenatchee joined the relationship ten years ago. Delegations frequently cross the Pacific to visit their sister cities.