MOUNT VERNON — An evening away from the business of regular meetings and a chance to meet up with friends and enjoy a good meal was the agenda Monday evening at the Knox County Granges Farm-City Dinner. Conducted at the Mount Vernon High School cafeteria, the 56th annual dinner brought in members from Union, Wayne, Morgan, Liberty, Middlebury, Harrison and Monroe-Dan Emmett granges.
The Farm-City Dinner takes place each year during National Grange Week. The National Grange, an agricultural fraternity, is the oldest family fraternity in the country, organized in 1867. Welcoming the 66 people in attendance was Lonnie Totten, Knox County Grange Deputy. A flag presentation was given by the Knox County Career Center Junior ROTC. All sang the “Star-Spangled Banner,” led by accompanist Charlien Beightol, and the invocation was given by Mary Jewell, Knox County Junior Deputy.
After a covered-dish dinner was enjoyed by all, numerous door prizes were drawn, provided by area businesses and a Farm-City committee. Knox County Pomona Master Marie Walker recognized the visitors in attendance, and musical selections were then enjoyed, sung by Sarah Howard of Wayne Grange.
Attending the Farm-City Dinner for the 15th year was Dorothy Seitz, along with her husband, George, who is a member of Monroe-Dan Emmett Grange. “I like it because I know a lot of people all over the county, and I have met other new friends as well,” said Seitz about coming out the Farm-City Dinner each year.