One of the largest events that the Frankfort Area Chamber of Commerce hosts is the annual Farm/City Banquet sponsored in part by the kind folks at Whitaker Bank. This years event last month broke all the records for the past 48 years.
Carmen Inmans efforts always pay off in a seamless, well-timed community gathering that allows the business world to visit with their rural neighbors. This is the sister event to Farm City Field Day in July.
Attendance and displays were at an all-time high and Im sure with the Primary later this month, it didnt hurt things any since there were reports of a few politicians sighted in the audience. Tickets even went up two dollars this year but the increase didnt go towards the event. Five dollars out of every $7 ticket went directly to the Western Hills and Franklin County High School FFA programs.
The FFA students volunteer their time to wait the tables for this event and they do a fantastic job. Hank Hancock was the emcee while The Shining supplied the background music for our dining experience.
The Pioneer Farmer awards this year went to John and Mattie Clay, Perry Corbin and George Quire Jr. They were honored with a plaque from the Chamber as well as the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. These fine farmers have spent a lifetime of work on the farm here in Franklin County. All are still contributing to some extent today. All are still working in the community where they were raised.
Bruce and Charlotte Quarles son Steven followed in his brothers footsteps and accepted the Outstanding Young Farmer of the Year award. Steven is not only one of the few remaining young people involved in farming but is also one of the few that is still raising burley tobacco in this new production era of no government programs.
Pictures of the winners appear on page 8 today in this section of The State Journal.
Replacement Dairy Heifer
Sale is Today
This afternoon at Lakeview Park, the Louisville Jersey Parrishs All-breed dairy sale will start at 2. The Derby Showcase is expected to have over several dozen heifers and semen, all ready for new ownership.
Ages range from several months to 4 years old. There will be several due to calve in the next couple months. Breeds represented will be Holstein, Jersey, Brown Swiss, Guernsey, Ayreshire and Milking Shorthorn. A few crossbred dairy bloods will also be offered.
The Western Hills FFA Alumni Association will be grilling some of their famous sandwiches all afternoon. This will be a great chance to pick up some good dairy blood, eat a good meal and visit.
For details contact Jackie Branham at 545-0890.