Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

Opinion

June 25, 2014

OUR VIEW: Barren County Ag Festival worthy of long-term local support

GLASGOW — Agriculture is an irreplaceable part of the economy, culture and history of Barren County, so we are happy to see an event designed to promote that heritage establish its own tradition.

The Barren County Ag Festival is already looking ahead to next year’s installment after a successful second edition Saturday at Barren County High School. Officials said the ag fest attracted about 700 more visitors than in 2013, a good sign going forward that people in the area would support the festival for years to come.

The strength of the ag fest, sponsored by Alltech and coordinated locally by Farmers RECC, is its diverse offerings: This year, a focus was on food, with plenty of information available about cooking, sourcing and marketing. Activities for children were also popular, as were the antique tractor display and a concert from country music artist Clay Underwood.

We’re hopeful the entire community – even people and organizations without direct connections to the agriculture industry – continues to embrace this event and foster its growth. Agriculture is an important thread in the fabric of our region, and its contributions to life in Barren County should never be taken for granted.

We’re thrilled the ag festival is off to a promising start, and we look forward to many years of celebrating this vital industry.

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