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Dinner in the Fields showcases local farmers, producers

Last updated: August 08. 2014 9:28PM - 1421 Views
By - labernathy@civitasmedia.com



Lora Abernathy/Wilmington News JournalThese folks prepare to eat locally raised meat and other foods Friday night during the sixth annual Dinner in the Fields event sponsored by the Clinton County Leadership Institute.
Lora Abernathy/Wilmington News JournalThese folks prepare to eat locally raised meat and other foods Friday night during the sixth annual Dinner in the Fields event sponsored by the Clinton County Leadership Institute.
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WILMINGTON — More than 300 people were on hand to celebrate Clinton County’s agriculture Friday night during the sixth annual Dinner in the Fields.


The event showcases locally raised meats and produce, and is held on a different farm each year. Randy and Pam Moore played host and hostess to the guests on their Webb Road farm, just outside of Wilmington, for the 2014 edition of the dinner.


Diane Murphy, president of the Clinton County Leadership Institute, which organizes the dinner, said Dinner in the Fields has become the institute’s main fundraiser and signature event.


The money raised helps support programs for CCLI including Junior Achievement for third graders; a youth collaborative, a youth leadership training program for sophomore and junior students; and the longest-running of the programs, the adult leadership training program for primarily business owners and those in middle management, according to Murphy.


Scott Holmer, the executive director of CCLI, said he was glad the weather cooperated, and that the dinner is “a great venue and opportunity to come together as a community.”


He also said he was pleased that the turnout continues to grow each year.


Patti Settlemyre, president of Community Care Hospice and a 2013 graduate of the adult leadership program, said she enjoys the camaraderie and atmosphere of the dinner.


“It’s a nice event overall,” Settlemyre said.


Murphy said the annual dinner would not be a success without the help of the many volunteers and farmers who support it.


There was live music, a cornhole tournament, a pie/dessert auction and a farmers’ market. The dinner included appetizers, a main course and desserts, as well as a cash bar.


Lora Abernathy can be reached at 937-382-2574 or on Twitter @AbernathyLora.


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