Farm-City Feast Marks 45 Years of Success

Posted: December 8, 2011

The 45th Annual Farm City Feast was held at Mountain View High School in Kingsley on Saturday, November 19th. Nearly 300 community members came together to celebrate the continued partnership between agriculture and local businesses here in Susquehanna County. Bill and Ginny Beeman of Kingsley served as the emcees for the evening. The Beeman’s are long time dairy farmers, and Ginny has served on the Farm City Feast Committee and chaired the event for numerous years.
Bill and Ginny Beeman with Russell Redding.

Bill and Ginny Beeman with Russell Redding.

Other community members taking part in this special evening included 2011 Harford Fair Queen Daisy Matulevich of Hop Bottom who began the event with the Pledge of Allegiance. Rev. Ralph Christianson from the Brooklyn Universalist Church offered the invocation and Susquehanna County Dairy Ambassador Callie Curley of Montrose lead the Star Spangled Banner. Susquehanna County Dairy Princess Allison Kiefer of Montrose offered a milk toast prior to dinner.    

The Willing Workers of the First Congregational-UCC, Harford under the direction of Ms. Joann Titus served a delicious roast beef dinner complimented with home apple pie for dessert!  Maggie Bride, PA Maple Sweetheart traveled from Bradford County to offer greetings from the Maple Syrup Producers.  Kim Smith and Mindy Butts both employees of PennStar Bank offered a riddle for exchanging the table gifts which included apples, honey, eggs, maple products, and numerous dairy products. 

Following the dinner, Rich Mackey, President of the Penn State Extension Board proudly presented the annual “Friend of Extension Award” to Joe and Sandy Pavelski of Jackson.  The Pavelski’s have been huge supporters of the Susquehanna County 4-H program for over 26 years.  They were instrumental in starting the 4-H Dairy Camp and are always supportive of 4-H and Extension Programs.

Russell Redding, Dean of Agriculture, Delaware Valley College addressed the audience as the keynote speaker.  A donation in Mr. Redding’s honor was presented to the Lynn Senick, TREHAB for the Susquehanna County Food Bank.  The Beeman’s offered Redding thanks for his time and travels to Susquehanna County by presenting him with a beautiful Susquehanna County winter scene hand painted by Nancy Reed, Brackney.

The Farm City Feast is organized by a committee of local farmers and business people, members of this year’s committee include: Ginny Beeman, Kingsley; Linda Bonham, Kingsley; Joseph and Nancy Decker, South Gibson; Barbara Kelly, Kingsley; Michelle Kowalewski, Montrose; Bill Lopatofsky, Clifford Twp.; Cheryl Matulevich, Hop Bottom; Judy Mitchell, Kingsley; Ted and Becky Place, Meshoppen; Barb Roszel, Montrose; Kim Smith, Harford; and Donna Williams, Nicholson.