Manager’s Article August 15, 2017

gayCongratulations to Franklin County 4-H for making a good showing at the Illinois State Fair. Those taking Supreme were: Derek Sample – Cooking 101 and Bailey Crisp – Visual Aids 3-D and Grace Kemp was awarded Reserved Champion in rabbits. Grace is pictured below.
This Thursday many are gathering at the Farm Bureau office to help with the annual corn yield event. We will be checking yields throughout the county – if you would like to help just give me a call or show up at the office at 8am on Thursday August 17 and join us. Next week I will have all of the results.
With the Eclipse less than a week away don’t forget to get your OFFICIAL ISO approved glasses and enjoy the event. Be careful on the roadways, don’t be in a hurry over the weekend because ther will be many people from out of town in the area. If you can use a backroad to get where you are going it might be a good idea. Be sure get gas before Friday and maybe even a little food in the house. With a lot of campers in the area my only fear is that they will be purchasing food from the grocery store while they are here so be prepared.
Watch the spectacular 2017 Total Solar Eclipse in the spot of the longest duration…Marion, Illinois. Illinois 4-H is teaming with the Marion Miners Baseball to offer a full day of Family-Friendly activities! Your $8 ticket provides entry to the ballpark and a set of 4-H Eclipse glasses to safely view the eclipse, along with hands-on science activities for youth of all ages. Add a hotdog meal for $7 more. Don’t forget to order a commemorative 4-H Eclipse t-shirt for just $12!
Steve Browning and I attended the Benton City Council meeting to ask for their continued sponsorship with Farm City Days. We are currently planning on June 9, 2018 from 3-7pm with the parade beginning at 3 as well. The Benton City Council will make the decision to let us use this time and to block off the square and feeder streets. We will keep you informed.
We are also looking for more volunteers to help with the event. We meet monthly to discuss and make decisions. Once it gets closer we will meet more often. We need new fresh ideas and some muscle too. We want to blow last year out of the water and the more help we get the easier it will be. Call if you would like to help 435-3616.
Local member benefits include: FB McAfoos in Benton, Mr D’s Drive-In in Benton and K & K Storage in Benton. Extreme Exigency and the Armed Barber in Benton and Tabor Pest Services in Benton. You must be a Franklin County Farm Bureau member to receive the benefits that these businesses are sharing with us. For more information on joining the Farm Bureau please call us at 435-3616.
Remember we are farmers working together. If we can help let us know.

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