By Pastor Mary Gade, Ziegels
Lutheran Church, Breinigsville
On Saturday, March 19, we gathered for our annual Farm Family Celebration to
show our appreciation to the many farm families who devote their lives to the
raising of crops that benefit each and every one of us. This was truly a celebration
as more than 900, our largest crowd ever, registered to attend the gathering.
Guests came from five different counties.
Once again Big John’s capably catered the meal. The ample portions were
deliciously prepared and the crowd was served in just over thirty minutes. The
band this year was The Majestics as we continue to alternate between what the
participants distinguish as “Hoe Down” and square dancing.
The participation on the dance floor is always a sight to behold. The
children are gleeful as they
run around the edges of all the action, having their own games and play.
The room was decorated with flowers and each place was set with candy favors
and a placemat that shared various farm facts. Little advertising was done
this year to make the event known since the maximum of 900 was reached
planned radio interviews even took place.
This event, which grew out of our synod’s attempt to respond to the
droughts over the past several years, has come to be a celebration
that many put on
their calendar a full year in advance. The celebration could not take
the generous support of sponsors, which include Diakon, several area
banks, many of the local granges, and both the Berks and Lehigh/Northampton
Our appreciation goes
to the capable committee that has led in this very special outreach
so that we can let our farm families know they
In the face of natural disaster, there is little we can do to relieve
the devastating effects of rain or lack thereof. But together we
can all say
a heartfelt “Thank
you!” to those who work to put food on our tables. Take time
this summer to support our local farm stands and, when you do, let
you appreciate all they do.