Farm-City Banquet celebrates rural-urban partnership

Published 3:00 am Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Time is nearing for the most highly anticipated Pike County Farm-City event of the year, the annual Farm-City Banquet hosted by the Pike County Chamber of Commerce Farm-City Committee.

The purpose of the Farm-City Banquet is to celebrate America’s rural and urban partnerships, to encourage agriculture education and learning and to recognize outstanding farmers in Pike County.

The Farm-City Committee met Monday to begin to finalize plans for this year’s banquet which is set for 6 p.m. Wednesday November 13 at Cattlemen Park.

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The banquet tickets are $12 and are available for purchase at the Pike County Chamber office or from any member of the Farm-City Committee.

The annual Farm-City Banquet will open with the signing of a proclamation by representatives of the county’s governing bodies declaring the week of Nov. 20-27 Farm-City Week in Pike County. The banquet will highlight the committee’s calendar events of the year and honor the 2019 Farm-City Award winners. The winners of the committee’s schoolwide poster contest winners will also be recognized.

Deborah Huggins-Davis, Farm City Committee chair, said the Pike County community is encouraged to join the Pike County Chamber in honoring the county’s farmers and their families and the farm related businesses in Pike County.

Huggins-Davis said the Pike County Farm-City Committee is active throughout the year but especially around Farm-City Week which is celebrated nationally. The dates for National Farm-City Week 2019 are November 20-27. The week-long celebration of the farm/city partnership always comes to a close on the day before Thanksgiving.

Leading up to Farm-City Week, the Pike County Farm-City Committee participated in Farm Day at Cattleman Park in September. Third graders in all Pike County Schools had the opportunity to learn first-hand about daily farm life.

“We also participated in the Pike County Fair and our booth won second place and was awarded $75,” Huggins-Davis said. “Our Farm-City Job Swap was on October 10. Probate Judge Michael Bunn and Heath Wesley, a poultry and cattle farmer, traded places for the day.”

A video of the “swap” will be shown at the banquet on November 13.

Leading up to National Farm-City Week, Huggins-Davis said members of the Farm-City Committee will be available to speak about the farm-city relationship and its importance at club and other group meetings. For more information, contact the Pike County Chamber of Commerce office at 334- 566-2294.