On June 24, the National Onion Association celebrated its 100th anniversary.

Five growers from Ohio’s Scioto Marsh signed the association’s incorporating document on June 24, 1913, according to a news release from the Greeley, Colo.-based organization.

The association will celebrate its centennial at its convention in Kona, Hawaii, Dec. 3-7. A book on the group’s first 100 years is scheduled to be published in 2014.

The association, according to its founders, was created “for the purpose of gathering and disseminating information relative to onion culture and the improvement of methods of onion growing.”

Today, the association’s two main goals are to track federal legislative and regulatory issues and to increase the visibility and consumption of onions.

Members also benefit from industrywide networking and educational opportunities at the association’s biannual conventions.