Celebrating Agriculture

Celebrating Agriculture

Aug 4
Kendra Courson, Director for Special Events

As I sat in the audience at Thursday’s State Fair Preview/Media Day, I could not help but think of all the events scheduled to celebrate agriculture in the next few weeks!

August is going to be a busy month saluting the ag industry and the State Fair is a great place to start. This year’s theme is “Making Memories” and with all they have planned, I believe anyone who attends the fair will be able to do just that. The 4-H Family Event is Saturday, August 9th, on the Director’s Lawn at 4:00 p.m. This annual event is to honor all of our friends in 4-H throughout the state as well as honor the 4-H Family Spirit award. Agriculture Day is Tuesday, August 12th. From the Luncheon on the Director’s Lawn to the Sale of Champions Auction, and everything in between, there is something for everyone.

September is also a great month to come out and support the College of ACES in acknowledging how important agriculture is in our state and to our college. On Friday, September 5th, the Round Barn Society will host its annual recognition reception and pinning ceremony. This highly-anticipated event is followed by College Connection which connects our Illinois 4-H program with the College of ACES Alumni Association. On Saturday, September 6th, the annual Salute to Ag Day event will take place from 9:00-10:30 a.m. in the orange and blue striped tent directly across from Memorial Stadium off of First street. This pregame celebration allows us to salute the Farm Family of the Year, raise funds for the 4-H and FFA through a live auction, and just spend time connecting with family and friends.

All of us in the College of ACES hope you make time in your hectic schedules to come to one or ALL of the upcoming events. We look forward to seeing all of our friends, alumni, producers, and stakeholders in the next few weeks.

State Fair Manager Amy Bliefnick addresses those attending this year’s State Fair Preview/Media Day.