Farm-City Week approaches

Published 7:24 pm Saturday, November 1, 2008

Where would we be without farmers? On the other hand, where would we be without the people who take what farmers produce and get it to us in a usable form?

We would be in trouble without either. This is the message of Farm-City Week, which is observed on a local and national level every November.

Barbara Bates, who along with her husband owns a local tractor dealership, sees both sides of the stream.

“We’re touched both ways, being a business and being in agribusiness,” said Bates, chairperson of Chilton County’s Farm-City Week program. “That’s what Farm-City Week is all about – the connection between farmers and businesses. You can’t have one without the other.”

Tomorrow, Probate Judge Bobby Martin will sign a proclamation declaring Nov. 21-27 as National Farm-City Week in Chilton County. But local activities relating to Farm-City Week begin much sooner than that.

K-6 students across the county will participate in a poster contest with the theme “Pathways to Progress.” Winners will be announced at the annual Farm-City Week Dinner, an invitation-only event, Thursday, Nov. 6 at Helen E. Parrish Activity Center at 6:30 p.m.

County-level winners will move on to the state competition, and winners at the state level will appear in a special calendar.

In addition, outstanding FFA, FCCLA and 4-H Club members from the county will be recognized at the dinner.

The Farm-City Committee also will recognize a Farm Family and Business Family of the Year.

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