Thursday morning, September 17 will bring the 65th Annual Farm Tour. This annual event, like so many other events this year, will look a bit different. Due to concerns over COVID and trying to socially distance and be sure that everything is done as it should be, there have been lots of changes this year.
The biggest change is that there will be no recognition of a Farm Family, or any of the other awards that are normally handed out at this event. Instead, organizers are focusing on Legacy Farms. Family farms that have been in operation for multiple generations. And there are many such families in Terry County.
The Farm Tour will begin from the Amphitheater in Coleman Park. Donuts and coffee will be served beginning at 8 a.m. Buses will start loading around 8:15 a.m. The tour is free. Masks will be up to the individual. Wear one if you feel you need to, but they will not be required.
This year there will only be one stop on the tour. A water break will take place midway through the tour. Bus narrators will point out places of interest along the way. The tour will cover the sights of the many cotton gins that used to dot our county. At one time, there were over 20 in the County. As of this year, there are four in operation. They will also highlight some of the sites of old schools across the county that no longer exist.
When the approximately three hour tour (Gosh, does that sound familiar??) (Gilligan fans? Anyone? Anyone?) ends back at the Amphitheater, a meal will be served which will be cooked by the world renowned chefs of the West Texas Young Farmers Association. There has never been a bad meal served by these guys. The meal will be served by members of the Terry County schools’ FFA groups. No buffet line this year, due to COVID precautions. You may come for the meal only. Tickets are $11 if you do not take the tour. The meal is free to all who do the tour.
Following the meal, a video will be shown that will highlight the multi-generational family farms in Terry County. This should be very interesting and entertaining.
Get out and take the tour across Terry County. See what brought us here. Recognize the commitment to the land that we have in Terry County.