The centerpiece of the city’s Farm-City Week Nov. 10-16 will be the 54th annual Batesville Farm-City Banquet (please see box).
A very interesting program will be presented by Shorty Whittington, the owner of Batesville Aviation, the newly-public airport formerly owned by Hillenbrand Inc. and Hill-Rom Holdings. He will provide information on the past, present and future of the airport and discuss the potential economic benefits.
The Purdue University graduate was named a Distinguished Agricultural Alumnus by university officials in 2007. The next year Whittington received the Indiana Agri-Vision Award from the State Department of Agriculture.
Kiwanian and BHS principal Andy Allen notes the evening will highlight the Batesville High School FFA while attendees enjoy the informative presentation. “The Farm-City Banquet always provides a unique look at the future of Batesville while proudly recognizing many past accomplishments.”
The open-to-the-public event is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Batesville, Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce and FFA. Other committee members are Jim Roberts, Cassie Mumaw, Dennis Harmeyer, Ed Krause, Harold Weiler and Melissa Tucker.
Mumaw, the BHS agriscience teacher and FFA adviser, gives several reasons why citizens should plan on attending. “Both the Batesville Kiwanis and the Batesville FFA are wonderful organizations to support. Watching the students learn from area farmers, businessmen and women and other industry individuals is part of the personal growth that FFA strives to achieve with its members. Also, seeing the rural and urban communities work together is an act of citizenship that we strive to see within our membership as well.”
On the menu are turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, green beans, roll and pumpkin pie, reports BMS cafeteria manager Berna Meyer.
About 25 FFA members will help set up beforehand, decorate, assist at the dinner and clean up afterwards, the adviser says.