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.
Chaplain Jessica Meer will give the invocation and nine other officers will conduct a business meeting: President Jacob Schwab, Vice President Megan Doll, Secretary Hayley Huntington, Treasurer Chad Emsweller, Sentinel Justin Grunkemeyer, Reporter Michaela Hoff, Historian Colton Lunsford, Parliamentarian Neal Nobbe and Student Adviser Hunter Nobbe.
What’s the greatest challenge for FFA leaders in organizing the banquet? President Jacob Schwab answers, “Trying to get everybody on the same page and trying to make all the work as easy as possible.” He has learned how to delegate. “Every officer has a task. We start buckling down and getting everything ready” in October.
The senior feels the banquet may be “an eye-opener to some in the community who don’t realize how much of an ag-based community we are. If they come here, they will be able to see how agriculture has made Batesville grow in its own special way.”
Of the national FFA organization, Schwab explains, “There’s more to it than just farmers and corn.” He hopes attendees ask the adviser and officers what the club is all about.
The president reports local FFA events are “all pretty fun. The one I’m really into is livestock judging. I can talk with the best of them!” The senior who hopes to major in beef production in college observes, “I’ve been raised around cattle ... I was herding cattle since I could walk.”
Now’s the time to purchase banquet tickets. Allen says, “We’re trying to encourage people to get their tickets earlier so we have a chance to prepare an adequate amount of food.” Those who do will pay $2 less than at the door.
Mumaw reports the dinner allows her group to “raise a little money. The FFA chapter puts the proceeds toward expenses, such as attending state and national FFA conventions.”
According to the principal, at the banquet, committee members will “look forward to once again greeting over 200 attendees to this annual event celebrating the past and present of Batesville.”
Debbie Blank can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 812-934-4343, Ext. 113.
Batesville Farm-City Banquet Tuesday, Nov. 12, at Batesville Middle School Commons Doors open at 6 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m. $7 tickets are available at Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce, Hertel Shoe Store, Geis Electronics or from any committee or BHS FFA member. Organizers would like them purchased by Nov. 5. There will be a limited number available for $9 at the door. Info: Ed Krause, 934-2194; or Cassie Mumaw, 934-4384.