Monday begins Farm City Week in Altus. The Altus Chamber of Commerce sponsors this event each year. This is the 36th year for Farm City Week, Nov. 4-8. The purpose of this week is to highlight what agriculture means to our local economy, to inform everyone of the various agriculture crops grown and produced in Jackson County and southwest Oklahoma, to show the importance of agriculture to our way of life, and last but not least, to show appreciation to all those involved in farming, ranching and other agriculture pursuits. Agriculture is a multi-million dollar facet of our economy.
The theme for this year’s Farm City Week is “Farming, Flying and Community – the Pillars of Southwest Oklahoma”. Special events begin onWednesday with a Farmer’s Appeciation Luncheon and Farm Tours. Cost is $10 for lunch, and business people are encouraged to bring a farmer to the luncheon.. The luncheon will be held at Western Oklahoma State College in the multi-purpose room from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. This year we have approximately 150 people going on the Farm Tours. The morning and afternoon tours will begin at 8:05 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. The tour buses will travel to the Humphrey’s Coop Gin , Gavillon, Altus Peanut Company, Joe Kelly Farms, Lugert-Altus Irrigation District demonstration project and tractor driving will be provided by Western Equipment and Livingston Machinery at the Rodeo grounds. Parking for the Farm Tours will be in the Southwest corner of the South parking lot at the college. For more information contact the Altus Chamber of Commerce 580-482-0210
Other activities during the week include a tour of Altus Air Force Base on Thursday from 7:45 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. To sign up call the Altus Chamber at 580-482-0210. The Farm City Week banquet is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Thursday in the Altus High School Cafeteria. The Legends of Agriculture Award will be announced by KWHW Radio. Also the KEYB sponsored Soil Conservation speech contest winners will give their 3 minute winning speeches. Entertainment will be provided by “Just Call Us When You Need Us”. Tickets are available at the Altus Chamber of Commerce.