This article first appeared in the Lancaster Farming and Delmarva Farmer newspapers. Make sure to check it out in your print copy!
Written by: Sam Steele, Denton Loan Officer
Not many things can stand the test of time, especially for over 100 years! At Farm Credit, we celebrated our 100th anniversary in 2016 and are excited to help the Delaware State Fair ring in their own centennial this year. Although a lot of things have changed over the past 100 years, one thing remains the same – both of our roots are in agriculture.
Did you know that the Delaware State Fair, formerly known as the Kent and Sussex Fair, began with the sole purpose of promoting agriculture in the First State? This was a time to celebrate the accomplishments of our agriculture community through competition and showmanship of crops and livestock – and that tradition remains the same.
The Delaware State Fair has grown to be the state’s single largest annual gathering of people and livestock, drawing an estimated 300,000 patrons each year. For anyone who didn’t grow up immersed in the agricultural community, their first thought when it comes to the fair may be concerts, carnival rides, games, and the many varieties of famous fried fair foods. But to the rest of us, we value that the Delaware State Fair continues to showcase Delaware’s leading industry each year – agriculture.
Walking through the fairgrounds, you’ll find proof that Delaware agriculture has indeed stood the test of time. In the Centre Ice Rink, you’ll discover 4-H and FFA exhibits that display the talent and future of agriculture throughout the state. In the Delaware Department of Agriculture Commodities building, you’ll find educational displays from various agricultural organizations, including recipes for local commodities, cooking demonstrations, and even an opportunity for children to milk “LuLu the Cow” at the Delaware Ag Museum booth. All over the fairgrounds, you’ll be able to stroll through livestock and horse barns where exhibitors are showcasing their finest animals hoping to take home the blue ribbon and be deemed first in the state.
I love working for a company that is rooted in agriculture and enjoys the Delaware State Fair and its roots as much as I do! The Delaware State Fair runs this year from July 18-27 and will surely be 10 days of fun. We hope you’ll visit the fair on Wednesday, July 24 for Farm Credit Day and see everything Delaware agriculture has to celebrate. Be sure to keep an eye out for some familiar faces from your local office who will be volunteering throughout the fair all day.
Just like the Delaware State Fair, Farm Credit is rooted in agriculture. So whether you’re a beginning farmer, looking to expand your operation, or just ready to relax in a rural setting, we are here to help. For more information about financing opportunities, give us a call at 888.339.3334 or visit mafc.com.