for Their Biggest Event Yet
When asked why this event is so important, President Kaitlin Gibbons had this to say, “The youth in agriculture today are challenged tremendously to follow in the footsteps of the farmers that have been feeding our nation for the past 100+ years.
Education has changed so much that we aren’t necessarily learning that on-the-farm knowledge that agriculture education used to be 50 years ago, and that’s not a bad thing it’s just the way agriculture has evolved into what it is today. The thing is though, we need to be able to connect with the farmers and agriculturalists of society today so that we can bridge the gap between our generations and keep up the good work that they have started and continue to do today.
We as a chapter, along with our Advisor, dreamed up this event this summer during our officer retreat and we feel it’s something the community needs and that will benefit not just us students but everyone in the agricultural community as a whole.” The Knox County FFA Chapter planned, along with the Knox County Ag Boosters, Knox County Young Farmers/Young Farm Wives, Knox County Cattleman’s Association, and Knox County Farm Bureau, an event for the entire community to enjoy and hopefully make important connections at.
We have invited a comedian from Bowling Green, Mrs. Susie Oberdahlhoff, who uses her stories of going from a city-girl to a farm-wife to entertain and teach the masses about agriculture and its importance. We have musical entertainment planned by local members and students that want to showcase their talent, and finally we have a complimentary meal planned to serve attendees – sponsored by the Knox County Cattleman’s Association, Jeff Doss, and Know County Young Farmers/Young Farm Wives. Members of the Knox County FFA Chapter have also prepared some welding and woodworking projects to auction off at our silent auction, and we will also be hosting our 3rd annual Labor Auction (silent-auction style) at the event as a fundraiser for our Toys-for-Tots drive to be held later in the year. “We have prepped for this since August and have some awesome stuff planned, we hope we can attract a large crowd and make this event something to be continued for many years to come.
Chapter Vice President Jennah Strange states, “We see the importance of joining forces with the adult agriculture community and we hope we can show to the rest of the community so we can really make a difference.” For more information contact Knox County FFA Chapter Advisor Bryana Hamlin or Young Farmers President Joanie Baker.
Knox County FFA Chapter Reporter