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Young Farmers and Ranchers donate $5K to relief efforts, raise $16K at benefit auction

Posted on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 1:40 pm

NEWS-YOUNG FARMERSDuring Saturday night’s benefit dinner and auction, hosted by the Pike County Young Farmers and Ranchers at the St. Clement Knights of Columbus Hall, it was announced that the following four high school seniors were this year’s reciepents of the group’s scholarships. Picture from left are: Marie Davis, Hilary Robinson Gordy, Emily Brune, of Clopton High School; Ryan Talkington, of Bowling Green High School; Reed Niemeyer, of Bowling Green High School; Brooke Bruns, of Bowling Green High School; and Katelyn Chapuis.

The Third Annual Boots and Bales Barnwarming benefit dinner and auction, hosted by the Pike County Young Farmers and Ranchers organization, drew a crowd of more than 350 people to the St. Clement Knights of Columbus Hall.
One of the event organizers, Meagan Perry Kaiser said to see the community continue to support the organization and its mission of mentoring young people who are entering agriculture was humbling.

“Humbling is the first word that comes to mind, because for the three years that we have had barnwarmings we have been sold out for the dinner and we have been blown away by the results of the auction,” Kaiser said in an interview with the Bowling Green Times. Last year’s auction totals exceeded $15,000 and this year’s preliminary numbers exceeded $16,500. “Obviously, we have strong roots here, but to see people from all across Pike County here tonight to help encourage young people to stay in agriculture, to come back to Pike County, and to help build an even stronger community, is really humbling.”

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