One of the area's popular family-friendly events is set for Monday at Maysville Community and Technical College.
The ninth annual Farm and Family Night will be held on the Maysville Campus of MCTC on March 5, from 4:30– 8:45 p.m. Dinner begins at 4:30 p.m., officials said. Meadowview Regional Medical Center is the title sponsor for the event this year.
Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles will be the keynote speaker this year.
Quarles has served as agriculture commissioner since 2016. He previously served in the Kentucky House of Representatives from 2011 to 2016. From 2005 to 2008, he served two consecutive terms on the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education as the Council's student member and various other leadership positions in Washington D.C. and Kentucky. On Nov. 3, 2015, Quarles was elected agriculture commissioner.
Farm and Family Night will feature a program of concurrent sessions on farm and home including cattle management, forage, alternative crops, technology, horticulture, wildlife management, sustainable agriculture, beekeeping, cooking, home management, health issues and more from which participants can choose. Experts on these subjects will discuss herd nutrition, putting up quality hay, beef cattle outlook, sheep and goat production, weed control, soil health, hemp and hops production, poultry production, wildlife plots, organic production, living off the grid, beekeeping, edible landscaping, using plant oils and more. Home-related experts will explore healthy appetizers, making your own sauces and soups, decluttering your home, crockpot and one-pot meals and much more!
Sessions for children will focus on farm safety, robotics, nutrition and STEM. A 4-H Livestock Extravaganza allows youth to acquire two of the six livestock hours required each year while demonstrating their knowledge of livestock in a fun and interactive way. “Parent and Me” classes will be offered for children 2–6 years of age, which are fun sessions for an adult and child to share.
More than 50 exhibitors from area agricultural and related businesses round out the event. Those attending can register to win a variety of door prizes that will be given away at the conclusion of the evening. Participants must be present to win. The customary “Milk and Cookie” break featuring all varieties of milk sponsored by Dairy Farmers of America and cookies baked by the MCTC Culinary Program is expected to be a popular feature of the evening, as it has been in the past.
While there is no charge for attending the event, a ticket is required for dinner. Free dinner tickets can be picked up at the Mason, Lewis, Robertson, Bracken, Fleming, and Nicholas County Extension Offices in Kentucky, or the Adams, Brown, Clermont and Highland County Extension Offices in Ohio. Tickets are also available at the Maysville Campus of MCTC, the Maysville-Mason County Area Chamber of Commerce and Mason County and Fleming County Farm Bureaus.
For more information, contact MCTC Workforce Solutions, 606-759-7141, extension 66120.