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Tickets on Sale Now for 2nd Annual “Salute to Century Farms” and Benefit Auction is Sept. 28

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Celebrating the agricultural heritage of the Ozarks in an ideal historical setting will be the order of the day Monday, Sept. 28, as Greene County Extension recognizes Century Farms in Greene County. The second annual “Salute to Century Farms” will be from 6-9 p.m. at the Round Barn Event Center along Clear Creek, 10731 W. US Hwy 160, Walnut Grove.

Historically recognized and known regionally as the Gilmore Octagonal Barn, it is located 3.5 miles east of Ash Grove on Highway 160, north of Willard. Built in 1880, the stone barn is likely the earliest polygonal or round barn in Missouri. It is certainly the largest barn of its type in the Ozarks.

Interior of Gilmore Round Barn Event Center.

Interior of Gilmore Round Barn Event Center.

During the event, Greene County Extension will  honor the newest “Century Farms” in Greene County.

Recognized this year will be the 68-acre Luther and Alice Wallis Farm founded in 1913, now owned by Robert and Marcia Harralson of Springfield; the 229-acre McAdoo/Helfrecht/Lindsey Farm near Willard founded in 1880 by Dr. Joseph McAdoo; now owned by Charles and Suzanne Lindsey of Springfield; and the 260-acre Whitesell Farm near Bois D’Arc, founded in 1879 by John Whitesell and G.W.Haynie and now owned by Jim Whitesell of Ash Grove.

Musical entertainment will be provided by Judy Domeny Bowen of Rogersville. The majority of her traditional folksong repertoire comes from the Ozark song collections of Max Hunter and Vance Randolph. Judy Domeny Bowen will also conduct a live auction of selected art, gift cards, farm related items and two Yeti coolers. All proceeds from the event will benefit Greene County Extension.

Attendees will dine on the country cuisine of  Maggie Mae’s Catering of Miller.

This year the event is made possible by KOLR/KOZL. Gold level sponsors are Old Missouri Ban; silver level sponsor is CoxHealth bronze level sponsors are Race Brothers Farm Supply and PFI Western Wear.

Advance tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased at the Greene County Extension office inside the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center, 2400 S. Scenic Ave., Springfield, Mo. 65807 or with a check or credit card using various tickets options online at http://extension.missouri.edu/greene. For more information, call the MU Extension office in Greene County, 417-881-8909.

George Freeman is a veteran journalist and photographer. An award-winning writer, editor and columnist in Springfield, Mo., with more than 50 years experience. His preference is for positive and uplifting stories about people, places, traditions and trends that make the Ozarks one of the most livable regions anywhere. A member of the Garden Writers Association of America, he is a past-president of the Society of Professional Journalists of Southwest Missouri, the Kansas and Ohio AP societies; a board member of Friends of the Garden and a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield. In 1976, he traveled to India as a member of a Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange Team.

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