ag day

A group looks over one the booths during the 2019 edition of Martin County’s Ag Day celebration. Now in it’s 25th year, this year’s celebration will be held on March 21 beginning at 8 a.m. in the Martin County Community Building.

LOOGOOTEE — Martin County’s Ag Day celebration may be more than a month away but committee members are already busy making preparations for the 25th annual event held at the Martin County Community Building.

“This year we will be highlighting the National Ag Day theme of ‘Food brings everyone to the table,’” said Dena Held with Purdue Extension Martin County.

The food, a breakfast featuring eggs, sausage, cinnamon rolls, biscuit, gravy, fruit and beverage all served for $4 typically brings more than 300 together to celebrate agriculture.

“We’re bringing the ag community together to celebrate, ag-vocate and promote the industry,” said Kristy Ausbrooks, a member of the committee.

In addition to the breakfast, those attending can learn more about ag-related services from area vendors, experience the petting zoo and register for a chance to win several door prizes.

“We have 25 booth spaces available,” said Teresa Harder, who is also part of the committee. “Typically we have a lot of banks, insurance and other ag-related booths.”

4-H groups will also be presenting information.

Booth space, Harder said, is $50 per table which offers 6 to 8-feet of work space. Proceeds from the booths benefits Martin County Jr. Leaders, Martin County FFA, purchase livestock at the 4-H fair and provide seed money for the next year’s Ag Day celebration.

“We also have a limited number of spots for those needing electricity,” said Harder, adding reservations for booth space need to be turned in no later than Feb. 28. “Space is limited so be sure to get your reservations in.”

Set up for booths will be on March 20 from 1 to 4 p.m. or the day of the event between 6:30 and 7 a.m.

There’s also a coloring contest, sponsored by the Martin County Soil and Water Conservation for students.

“We really span all generations,” said Ausbrooks. “We see little ones in strollers and the older farmers come through. There’s something for everyone.”

For more information on Martin County’s 25th annual Ag Day, call 812-295-3149.

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