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Jerry Carrol to Perform at 2018 MonDak Ag Days


February 21, 2018 | View PDF

The Sidney Area Chamber of Commerce and the Richland County Extension Office are hosting MonDak Ag Days, and along with it, the Ag Days Banquet, on March 1 at 6 p.m., with a social beginning at 5 p.m.. Extension Agent, Tim Fine, spoke to The Roundup and explained the purpose of Ag Days.

"The purpose of Ag Days," Fine said, "is really about educating our agriculture producers on the latest and greatest in what's going on in the agriculture world, both in educational presentations and by our trade show exhibitors."

As a part of Ag Days, the banquet will provide an opportunity for a social gathering and some levity.

"The banquet itself is more of a fun time to celebrate agriculture. For the past four years, the Richland County Conservation District has held their award presentation in conjunction with the banquet, to recognize their cooperator of the year. But, really it's more about coming together as an agriculture community and for entertainment."

The entertainment this year will be the comedian, Jerry Carrol. Carrol is a "country comedian" who injects his comedic routine with stories about everyday life in a rural setting. He grew up on a farm and worked it for 20 years before becoming a comedian, so his rural routine comes out in a way that farmers, in particular, will enjoy.

Carrol has performed for groups of up to 20 thousand people, including the Provincial Parliament in Toronto, Canada and large venues across the United States. He also performs his routine for conventions, associations, comedy clubs and has opened concerts for artists like Patty Loveless, Lyle Lovett, and Michael Bolton. In the off-season, Carrol still works on the family farm.

When asked about the state of agriculture in Richland County, Fine explained, "The state of agriculture in Richland County is definitely good. It's facing some challenges in regards to opposition to the irrigation project and questions about what's going to happen in regards to the Busch facility now that they're vacating it. But, the feeling is that agriculture is still the backbone of our county."

Ag Days is a special tradition in Richland County, and is a tradition that goes back many years.

Fine said, "We've done Ag Days for at least eight years, which is as long as I've been here. Usually, we get anywhere from 200 to 250 people, which is about all we can fit in the county event center. It's about what that room will hold, and we pretty much max out our space there."

If you would like to come to the event, you can purchase tickets at Stockman Bank, the Chamber of Commerce, or Tri-County Implement. A free drink during the social is included with the ticket price of $40.


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