Highlights of the 49th Annual Spotlight on Agriculture EventMarch 15, 2023
Last week the 49thAnnual Spotlight on Agriculture was held at First Presbyterian Church in Clinton. This is always a “who’s who” of Ag event for Laurens County. The crowd was estimated to be near 500 hundred.
The doors opened at 5:00 pm for time visiting vendor booths, and then the dinner and program began at 6:00 pm. As in years past, dinner was provided by Shealy’s Barbeque.
This year’s keynote speaker was Tim Keown, president of the South Carolina Governor’s School of Agriculture. Keown received a B.S. and master’s degree in Agricultural Education from Clemson University in 2004 and 2009, respectively. After a successful teaching career, he then served as the Associate State Director of Agricultural Education at Clemson University for five years. In addition to this, he served as the advisor to two State FFA Officers and two National Young Farmer Presidents. Click HERE for more information about the school and all that it has to offer.
After a great meal and an informative presentation by Mr. Keown, it was time for the award presentations. Everyone attending this event and working in the agriculture industry is a winner but those highlighted at the event are more than worthy of the recognition.
Winners of this year’s awards include:
Outstanding Laurens County 4-H Senior Candidate:
Kamryn Burch, Allison Jewell, and Andrew Jewell
Outstanding Laurens County 4-H Junior Candidate:
Brooklyn New and Ellie Shaw
Laurens District 55 High School Horticulture Student of the Year
Laurens District 55 High School Outstanding FFA Member of the Year
Clinton High School Outstanding FFA Member of the Year
Laurens County Clemson Extension Advisory Council Scholarship Winner
Emma Garrett and Lucas Runyans
Laurens County Friends of FFA/4-H Award
Laurens County Woodlands Manager of the Year
Laurens County Outstanding Cattleman of the Year
Laurens County Outstanding Broiler Producer of the Year
Laurens County Outstanding Dairyman of the Year
ML Outz Memorial Outstanding Extension Supporter of the Year
Laurens County Special Commodity Producer
Laurens County Farm Family of the Year
Laurens County Agriculturist of the Year
If you didn’t attend, click on the images in the photo gallery below to see what you missed.
Special thanks to Renee Gibbs for sharing her photos with media outlets (cover photo and many included in the photo gallery)