South Lake County Agricultural Historical Society
hARVESTING THE PAST, PLANTING THE FUTURE...SINCE 1984
2015 Recipient Colton Wilkey with Advisor Gloria Miller
We are proud to partner with the Lowell Chapter of Future Farmers of America. With out these fine high schoolers so much at our show would not get done. They are the ones that oversee parts of our kid's area, the bounce house, and are the our great cooks and servers at our "Threshers" Dinner held annually at our show. To help show our appreciation one member of the Lowell FFA is selected through an essay contest for a $500 scholarship. In addition any hours that are donated to our organization can be use as community service hours which are needed for graduation at many local high schools.
Several members travel the area throughout the year and bring their beautiful tractors, implements, and engines to the various parades in the area. These have included the Crown Point 4th of July Parade, the Crown Point St. Patrick's Parade, Lowell Labor Day Parade, and the Lansing Good Neighbor Day Parade. We also try to have some tractors up at the Car Cruise in Crown Point the two weeks prior to our annual Show.
Every Spring students from 18 various Lake County schools in grades 3 and 4 are invited to the event which is hosted by the Lake County Farm Bureau and our club. Students rotate from station to stations with each one dealing with a different aspect of agriculture. The stations range in topics from historic farm machinery, gardening, modern farming, grains, conservation effort and various animals.
Every so often we have to get our tractors and boots out of the dirt, shined up, and open them up on some good ol' paved roads. We take every opportunity we can to help educate the community on how agriculture has impacted our lives in the past and does every day still. Here are just a few ways we do this.