EVE-LYNN SWAN The Standard
KAWARTHA LAKES: The men and women of agriculture in the City of Kawartha Lakes will be making their way back to the Commonwell Exhibition building at the Lindsay Exhibition grounds on Friday, March 22nd, but unlike their early March visit to the East Central Farm Show, this event will not involve a lot of walking. Shopping, however, in the form of silent and live auctions, will be featured.
A project of the Lindsay Agricultural Society, the first annual Spotlight on Agriculture is “a collaborative social event to celebrate the diversity and success of everything agriculture in the City of Kawartha Lakes,” said Spotlight Committee Chair, Robin Brown. “Bringing together local leaders, entrepreneurs, businesses, hard-working farmers and more, for an evening of fun, food and entertainment, will be a welcome change from chores, work and meetings,” she said.
At 6 p.m., a social hour and opportunity to bid on what Harry Stoddart, the Society’s General Manager called “some fun items” begins, with a hearty meal prepared by caterer 'Heaven on Seven', served at 7 p.m. Omemee’s award-winning auctioneer, Ab Carroll, will chase bids, as the live auction raises funds for local agricultural leadership development and education.
Nominations for the Excellence in Agriculture Award and Farm Family Award were received in February, and the winners will be announced at the March 22nd event. The first award focuses on specific innovation, achievement, process development, and collaboration or other unique accomplishments by an individual, organization or business. The Family Award focuses on production practices, community and industry leadership, and new production practices or mentoring.
The gala evening, at the 354 Angeline Street South venue, will feature an entertaining appearance by western Canada’s Marty Seymour, whose biography states he is “Farm Credit Canada’s man of mileage”, since he travels extensively, talking to industry members from all sectors of the supply chain. Marty’s engaging presentation will address agricultural innovation, strength and possible disruptions.
Tickets, for the jam-packed event are $65, or $600 for a table of 10 people, are selling fast, and should be purchased before March 8th. They can be purchased online, at www.lindsayex.com, at the LEX office or by contacting Robin Brown, at 705-374-4941.
The committee is very pleased by the support received from the community and agricultural businesses, and especially wished to thank Platinum level event sponsors Farm Credit Canada, BDO, City of Kawartha Lakes, Staples & Swain Professional Corporation and Gold level sponsors KL Community Futures Development Corporation, Kawartha Lakes-Haliburton Federation of Agriculture, BMO, CIBC, Friend & Dobson Lawyers, Alliance Agri-Turf, Green Tractors and Reesor Seed and Grain.
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