25th Stephenson County Ag Breakfast June 26

June 23, 2010

Max Armstrong (pictured), who was the featured guest at the first Stephenson County Ag Breakfast at the dairy farm of Dave and Karen Macomber near Cedarville June 28, 1986, will be featured at this year's Ag Breakfast June 26. Photo provided

From press release

FREEPORT, Ill.—WGN radio broadcaster Max Armstrong will be appearing at the 25th Annual Stephenson County Ag Breakfast Saturday, June 26.

Serving from 6 to 10 a.m. at the Stephenson County Fairgrounds in Freeport, Ill., this event has become a family favorite for those near and far, young and old. Proudly serving Stephenson County Local Foods, the Ag Breakfast Committee expects between 3,500 and 4,000 visitors this year for the celebration of 25 years of breakfasts.

In addition to the traditional menu featuring local eggs, cheese, beef bacon, whole hog sausage, milk and ice cream, there will also be booths featuring area agencies involved in agriculture and local agribusiness. Wagon rides, barnyard bowling, and a craft fair are among the numerous other activities available that morning. Stephenson County 4-H will have a petting zoo, and antique and modern tractors will be on display for everyone’s enjoyment.

Armstrong was the featured guest at the first Stephenson County Ag Breakfast at the dairy farm of Dave and Karen Macomber near Cedarville June 28, 1986. He is honored to return to celebrate the continued success of the breakfast and the strong agricultural roots of this area. Max will be making several formal presentations at 7:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. as part of the program, and will also be available for questions and conversations.

Armstrong is one of the most widely-recognized and highly-regarded agriculture journalists in America. His broadcasts have been seen and heard by millions of farmers, ranchers and consumers for more than 30 years. As director of broadcasting for Farm Progress Companies, the largest agricultural media company in America, Armstrong is responsible for the daily radio programming and the television specials produced by Farm Progress. He is also co-host of This Week In AgriBusiness, one of the popular shows on the RFD-TV rural programming channel, and he continues co-hosting on Saturdays a weekly hour-long agriculture program on Chicago broadcast powerhouse WGN Radio, where he has been heard every week for more than 30 years.

Armstrong’s appearance is supported by a donation from the Pearl City Elevator.

Todd Block, general manager of the Pearl City Elevator, said: “The Stephenson County Ag Breakfast helps bring focus to the importance of our agricultural community. Our area farmers have such a positive impact on our local economy, it is vitally important that their hard work is recognized.”

Block also commented on the efforts of the dedicated individuals on the Ag Breakfast Committee who work together for the “betterment of our agricultural community.”

“The generous support of the Pearl City Elevator has allowed the committee to bring Max back for our 25th annual breakfast,” said Ardath DeWall, committee member for 25 years, who heads the marketing efforts for the breakfast.

In 1986, a donation of $2 provided for a huge plate of locally-produced Stephenson County food. Today, guests are asked for a donation of $4, and children younger than 5 eat free. Funds raised offset the cost of the breakfast, along with the support of many businesses and companies. Each year, the Ag Breakfast Committee donates a share of their funds to support FFA and Stephenson County 4-H Clubs.

The fairgrounds are on the south side of Freeport at 2250 S. Walnut Road. For more information about the breakfast, call DeWall at (815) 864-2561. Agricultural-related businesses and organizations that would like to have a table at the breakfast should call the University of Illinois Extension-Stephenson County at (815) 235-4125.

From the June 23-29, 2010 issue

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