“This was a tough decision to make,” said Dr. Dave Smith, president of Freshwater Farms of Ohio, “but with the festival drawing over 5,000 people last year, we could not see a way to safely host the festival this year.”
He said that restrictions on large gatherings will likely still be in place in September, and added, “We had to let our wonderful vendors and musicians know well in advance.”
Recognized by OhioFestivals.net as one of its favorites, the Ohio Fish & Shrimp Festival, Smith said, “has become well known for the high quality of musical entertainment we schedule year after year, and, of course, the delicious seafood and other menu options our vendors offer, and activities for the whole family.”
He said the festival will return bigger and better in 2021. “We’ll be expanding the festival grounds and infrastructure to make room for more kids’ activities and vendors. We’ve been making the push to have more arts and crafts vendors this year, and we’ll continue that push for next year.”
In the meantime, he said, business has been strong at the farm’s retail store (fwfarms.com/retail-store/), which is open for curbside pickup 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Customers can call in orders at 937-652-3701 for merchandise from the farm market and for stocking fish and minnows.
Smith added that in the near future, the farm will have an expanded online store for ordering their fresh and frozen trout fillets, smoked trout and shrimp products, other “Dr. Dave-approved” seafood selections, and many other local foods and wines.
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The Visitors Bureau estimates more than 10,000 attendees stopped for information on Champaign County. Representatives of the Visitors Bureau committee, Freshwater Farms of Ohio, Café Paradiso, Folck Winery and 1868 Italianate Casa handed out community guides, event listings, and brochures on local destinations and attractions. Travel show attendees were encouraged to sign up for the Visitors Bureau email list for their chance to win a Champaign County “getaway package” worth over $300.
The mission of the Visitors Bureau is to promote Champaign County as a premier destination of leisure travel, highlighting the area’s historical, cultural, and recreational attractions. The Visitors Bureau distributes the annual Champaign County events rack card, which is available now at the Chamber & Visitors Bureau office at 127 West Court Street. They will soon publish 20-page visitors guide that will feature dining establishments, attractions and lodging options.
The Visitors Bureau meets monthly and invites anyone interested in being involved in the Visitors Bureau to its meeting on March 25th at 8 AM at The Farmer’s Daughter. Please contact the Chamber at 937-653-5764 or email email@example.com for more information on the Visitors Bureau or to RSVP to the March meeting.
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Former ‘city farm’ to be mined for sand and gravel
Currently and perhaps for the next year, the project will focus on three acres in the southwest corner of the field, he said.
Passersby are seeing earth-moving equipment on the land and a berm created of stripped soil along Route 36.
Garrison said that in March to May, the stripping of soil on those three acres will progress to extracting sand and gravel and the berm will be landscaped with grass and trees.
The berm, he said, "provides a safety barrier and landscape barrier from the highway … People driving by won’t have direct sight. They may see the top of a piece of equipment.
"The (goal) is to have minimal impact on surrounding neighbors and the community," he said.
Garrison said the processing of extracted sand and gravel will not occur on the "city farm."
Instead, the material will be conveyed to and processed at Urbana Materials, a Morrow Gravel Company plant on Muzzy Road. Access to the plant will be through an opening in the tree line at the back of the "city farm."
Garrison said sand and water will be reached as workers initially excavate to 30-40 feet below the surface. In about a year, following the extraction of sand and gravel, the three-acre parcel will become a lake.
Workers then will proceed to an adjacent area, about three to four acres, and repeat the process, he said, adding that anticipated sales of sand and gravel will determine the pace of the project.
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Once the group made it to Indianapolis they were given an opportunity to go to “Cinch’s World’s Toughest Rodeo.”
On Thursday of the Convention and Expo, the group attended the first general session of the FFA National Convention and Expo. There the FFA Band and Chorus performed, the group heard inspiring words from the National FFA Officers, and listened to the keynote speaker Bob Goff.
After the first session members were able to visit the career center, where multiple agricultural businesses set up allowing members to see what they could do with their future that involved agriculture. Agricultural colleges are also set up to show what they can offer students after high school.
That night the members enjoyed a night of fun and dancing by attending the “Buckeye Bash,” a special dance only for Ohio FFA Chapters.
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The Urbana FFA Chapter competed in the County Soils Judging Career Development Event on September 17th.
In Urban Soil Judging, students must judge the soil based on four different categories. These categories include: buildings with basements, septic tanks and absorption fields, driveways and local roads, as well as lawns, gardens, and landscaping. Urbana placed first in this contest, with Alistair Greenlee placing as first place individual, Janie Wallace placing second, Phoebie Heatherly placing third individual, Ashley Gemienhardt placing 5th individual, Marah Kerns placing 7th individual, and Kourtney Hilliard placing 11th individual.
In the rural contest, students judge the soil based on agricultural properties and have to determine whether the soil is suitable for agricultural crops. Urbana placed fourth in this contest with Paige Campbell placing 9th individual, Max Anderson placing 12th individual, Justin Preece placing 15th individual, Jonathan Hildebrand placing 17th individual, Payton Stambaugh placing 24th individual and Abigale Dillon placing 27th individual.
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