Banquet celebrates rural, urban partnership

Nov. 25, 2013 @ 08:11 PM

The partnership between rural and urban areas was celebrated and commended Monday night during the annual Farm-City Week Banquet.

The banquet, featuring live bluegrass music, artwork displays and large helpings of eggs and grits, was held at the McSwain Extension Education and Agriculture Center during the kickoff of Farm-City Week.

"We are expecting a lot of fun and fellowship tonight," said Susan Condlin, Cooperative Extension Director. "We are here to recognize the farming community."

People need to see and understand the connection between the urban and rural parts of the community, said 4-H Youth Development Agent Bill Stone.

Sylvia Churchwell, of the Lee County Extension Advisory Council,  said she was proud to see two different parts of Lee County enjoying each others company.

"It's so good to see the urban and farm people," she said. "That's what this week is all about — putting us together and having an appreciation for each other."

For a special presentation, Lee County Extension Advisory Council Vice Chairman Reuhl Dabolt thanked Lee County Fair Chairman Ronnie Turner for his dedication to the agriculture community and his work with the regional fair. Turner, Dabolt announced, would be relinquishing his chairman position to focus on his personal businesses.   

"Since coming on as fair chairman in 2006, Ronnie Turner has led the Lee County Fair from a quaint local event to a fair regionally recognized for excellence and innovation," Dabolt said. "Ronnie’s vision and commitment to the cause were clearly evident in the steady improvements to the facilities and the ever-increasing quality of the fair."

Other award winners include:

* Lynn and Wanda Poe of Rocky Top Farm for the 2013 Conservation Farm Family.

* William and Joy Dalrymple for 2013 Conservation Farm Guardian.

* Bob and Connie Helms of Eleven Bar East for the Farm Enterprise Award.

* Frank McDonald of Broadway Hardware for the Friend of Agriculture award.

* Youth and adults for the 4-H photo and art contests.

Following the award presentations, bluegrass group Jus' Right performed.