June 10th was a HUGE day in Franklin County and the town on Benton. It was the first time in 21 years that the Franklin County Farm Bureau put on this event.
Rodney Miller from Small Town, Big Deal on RFD-TV was the parade marshal and with several entries and some beautiful horses the parade started the event off at 11:00 a.m.
One of biggest draws was the Inflatables in the Kids Area. We had 10 bounce houses/slides and/or games that we rented from Affordable Bounce Company LLC along with a “Corn Bin” with corn provided by Consolidated Grain and Barge for kids to play in. Melissa Lamczyk, AITC Coordinator from Franklni County brought up 2 cows, 2 goats and a donkey for the petting zoo set up in the Kids Area as well. All of this was FREE to everyone.
Franklin County Farm Bureau’s tent was located on the square where we gave away coloring books and crayons, Official t-shirts and thanks in part from a grant provided by the Illinois Farm Bureau and COUNTRY Financial we had personal first aid kits and provided sun screen. There were several tractors on display and farmers spoke about safety on the roadways.
The Franklin County 4-H was on the square and sponsored a kids pedal car tractor pull.
Franklin County COUNTRY Financial Representatives Krista Menckowski, Adrienne Mason and Mike Brachear had their tents adjacent to ours and gave away green cotton candy. This was big hit along with people registering to win a smoker along with having several items to give away.
There were food vendors, craft vendors, the West City Smoke House, and Extreme Exigency spoke about gun safety and had an indoor shooting range. The Illinois State Police did their “Drive for Life” Course and there was a “Dress Your Pet” Contest. Local music and local kids dance groups performed throughout the day.
The Car and Motor Cycle show had many entries and every loved the location and the weather. Jack Russell Fish Co. set up a Bags Tournament in the street and played from 2 to 4.
Leffler Funeral Home had a toy train display set up in their building and everyone who went said they did an amazing job and really enjoyed it.
Prairie Farms representative Wayne Horstmann brought 500 ice cream bars and had chocolate milk to give away and ran out within a couple of hours. He indicated that he will definitely be better prepared next year. Wayne also braved the heat and walked the parade route in a cow costume.
A special thank you to the committee and the volunteers who made this day possible and helped to make everything run smoothly.
Details to come for Farm City Days 2018.