In recognition of the 2014 Wilson County Fair Theme – Farmers, Boots & Country Roots – a Wilson County Farmers Appreciation Breakfast was held on Aug. 20, drawing hundreds of attendees from farm families to leaders in the field of agriculture in politics and business.
The session opened with the touching Paul Harvey tribute video, “God Made A Farmer,” popularized as a truck commercial at the Super Bowl but which first aired in 1978 at a National FFA Convention. An FFA Opening Ceremony was led by Tennessee FFA President Kevin Robertson, a graduate of Wilson Central High School, during which quite a number of former state and national FFA officers from the local area were recognized. Tennessee Commissioner of Agriculture Julius Johnson spoke, followed by former state FFA officers from Wilson County reciting the FFA Creed. A touching tribute to farmers came from Brandon Witt, who wrote and performed the song “Farm Strong”. Brandon, Tennessee’s 2014 Young Farmer of the Year, is a graduate of Lebanon High.
A highlight of the morning was the viewing of a new video, “Voices of Wilson County Farmers,” filmed and edited by the Art Institute of Nashville students Rachel Smith, Logan Winton, Phil Lacy, Tom Griscom, Britany Young and Mark Robinson.
A display at the Farmers Appreciation Breakfast incorporates the Farmers, Boots and Country Roots theme. Photo: Peggy Clemons