Silent auction will benefit ‘Salute to Century Farms’

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Interior of Gilmore Round Barn Event Center.

Interior of Gilmore Round Barn Event Center.

Local businesses and artisans have donated Missouri products and services for a silent auction at the upcoming “Salute to Century Farms” being held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 30 at the Round Barn Event Center along Clear Creek, 10731 W. US Hwy 160, Walnut Grove.

Proceeds from the silent auction will go to support the Greene County Extension So far, council members have gathered over $1,500 worth of merchandise for the auction. . Individuals must be present to bid so buy a ticket for the event today.

At the end of the “Salute to Century Farms” the top bidder could be taking home a great Missouri item like a charcoal drawing, a hand-crafted stained glass work, a gift certificate at Five Pound Apparel, local artisan jewelry, apple pies from Sunshine Valley Farm or tickets for an on-farm dinner at From Table to Farm.

The Greene County Extension website  has a full list of items up for auction and more complete descriptions. If you are a local business/artisan wanting to donate an auction item, email wintersl@missouri.edu.

The first annual “Salute to Century Farms” will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 30 at the Round Barn Event Center along Clear Creek, 10731 W. US Hwy 160 near Walnut Grove.

The event location is historically known as the Octagonal Barn and is located 3.5 miles east of Ash Grove on Hwy. 160 (northwest of Springfield). The barn was built in 1880 and is probably the earliest polygonal or round barn in Missouri.

Farms in Greene County being recognized as Century Farms at this event include Charles and Katherine Buckner of Fair Grove (2014) and the 2013 farms: Robert and Mary Mays of Ash Grove; John and Doris Breakbill of Republic; and Warren D. Hardy Jr. of Rogersville.

An hour of musical entertainment will be provided by Acoustic Essays, a traditional bluegrass and classic country band. A full meal will be provided by Maggie Mae’s Catering from Miller.

David Baker, assistant dean of agriculture extension at the University of Missouri, will discuss the 100-year history of Cooperative Extension and the challenges facing family farms in the coming 15-20 years.

This event is made possible by our media sponsors: the Springfield News-Leader; Ozarks Farm and Neighbor Newspaper; KOLR/KOZL; Our Gold Level sponsor the Greene County Soil and Water Conservation District; and our silver level sponsors Old Missouri Bank and Cox Health Systems; and our bronze level sponsors: Race Brothers Farm Supply, Main Street Feeds and Fire & Ice Restaurant & Bar.

Advance tickets are required and cost $25 per person. Tickets can be purchased at the Greene County Extension office or with a check or credit card using various online ticket options.

George Freeman is a veteran journalist and photographer. An award-winning writer, editor and columnist in Springfield, Mo., with more than 50 years experience. His preference is for positive and uplifting stories about people, places, traditions and trends that make the Ozarks one of the most livable regions anywhere. A member of the Garden Writers Association of America, he is a past-president of the Society of Professional Journalists of Southwest Missouri, the Kansas and Ohio AP societies; a board member of Friends of the Garden and a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield. In 1976, he traveled to India as a member of a Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange Team.

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