By Robert Stoneback
The Danville News
DANVILLE — District agriculture students hosted their second Fall Harvest Festival from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday on the high school lawn.
“It’s like an agri-business expo,” said Kelly Smith-Wells, a high school agriculture teacher and one of the advisors for the school’s FFA agriculture club.
Members of the district’s FFA club helped set up vendor stalls and also sold country meats to raise money to go to the National FFA Convention at the end of the month in Louisville, Ky.
Present among the community members checking out the festival were Representatives Kurt Masser and Lynda Culver.
Among the 17 vendors were brothers Russ and Bryan Cotner, of Danville soy bean processor Boyd Station. “We’re here to represent the local agriculture community,” said Russ. The two were challenging visitors to correctly guess the number of soy beans in a jar, with guesses within 500 of the 19,445 total winning a free Boyd Station hat.
The festival was a good chance to introduce themselves and Boyd Station to the community and talk about what they do, Bryan said.
Other vendors were happy to participate as well.
“We really enjoyed coming last year,” said Donna Schu, of Numidia’s Ponduce Farms. “We were glad to come back.”
The farm had several baked goods, candies and vegetables for sale at their stand. They quickly sold out of their sugar cookies, Schu said. She enjoyed getting the chance to speak with Danville’s FFA members about agriculture, since the Southern Columbia school district, where Ponduce Farms is located, doesn’t have an FFA program.
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