Friday and Saturday, January 15-16 marks the 2016 Grant County Farm and Home Show. Vendors and exhibits will be open Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Milbank High School armory and lobby.
“The Grant County Farm and Home Show is an opportunity for friends, neighbors, business owners, and vendors to connect,” stated Sara Koepke, Grant County 4-H Youth Program Advisor. “Grant County 4-H partners with the Milbank Area Chamber of Commerce and invites community members to display their arts and talents for all to see.”
Three new events have been added to the lineup this year, according to Koepke. The first-ever Bingo event is scheduled for Friday, January 15, at 4:00 p.m. and also at 6 p.m. in the Milbank High School band room. Play 8 games of Bingo for $5 per card. Proceeds from BINGO will go towards the 4-H special interest clubs.
The second new event is a youth scavenger hunt. Youth stop by the 4-H booth to pick up a card, complete it, and return it to the 4-H booth. Prizes will be given Saturday at the conclusion of the show.
The third new event is a quilt block challenge. Participants purchase two blocks to sew for $10. Once the blocks are returned, the 4-H sewing club will combine them into a finished quilt. The quilt will then be raffled off during Grant County Achievement Days in August. All proceeds go to the sewing club to purchase additional sewing machines. “We have a very large sewing club and need more machines,” Koepke said.
In addition to these events, check out the annual LEGO and farm poster contests, as well as crop and home arts exhibits. Inflatables from Valley Rental will be set up on the upper level of the armory for children to enjoy.
In tandem with the Farm and Home Show, the Milbank Area Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Farmer Appreciation Breakfast Saturday, January 16, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Milbank Visitor Center. All active local farmers and their spouses are invited to attend. The pancake breakfast will be catered by Trevett’s Cafe and served by the Farm and Home Show Agriculture Committee. Tickets can be purchased for $9 each at the door or through the chamber office.
The Chamber, along with the Farm and Home Show Agriculture Committee, will offer scholarships to high school seniors planning to further their education in the field of agriculture at a post-secondary institute. Applications will be available at the Farm and Home Show.