25th Annual Farm City Night Slated for Saturday, Feb. 13

25th Annual Farm City Night Slated for Saturday, Feb. 13

The Clark County Extension Council annual Farm/City Night is scheduled for Saturday, February 13, at the Clark County Middle School in Kahoka.  The evening will begin with a free soup and sandwich supper, provided and served by Clark County Farm Bureau from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.  Clark County Family and Community Education club members will serve cookies provided by Clark County 4-H club members.  Also at this time, Clark County businesses and organizations will have displays set up for viewing by the public. Farm/City Night was started by the Clark County Extension Council during the farm crisis in the mid 1980′s.  The Council wanted a way for farm families, local businesses and individuals to have a free evening of enjoyment and an opportunity to share mutual appreciation of the total contribution each makes to the community.
The program will begin at 7:00 p.m. Featured speaker this year will be Larry Dablemont, storyteller and humorist.  Larry Dablemont was born in the southern Missouri Ozarks on the Big Piney River.  Following in the footsteps of his father and uncles, Larry began guiding fishermen on the Big Piney in his grandfather’s johnboats when he was only 13 years old.  He loved the outdoors from his early boyhood and began writing about the world he knew when he was in high school.
 After attending the University of Missouri in Columbia, where he obtained a B.S. degree in Wildlife Management in 1970, Larry became the Outdoor Editor for the Arkansas Democrat Newspaper in Little Rock and later accepted a position as a Naturalist for the National Park Service at the newly designated Buffalo National River in the Ozark area.  During that time he continued to write outdoor articles for national magazines, like Outdoor Life, Field and Stream, and Sports Afield. Larry’s first national magazine article was published in 1972 in Outdoor Life, entitled “Old Paint” the story of his boyhood on the Big Piney River with an old wooden johnboat.  In 1975, living in North Arkansas, Dablemont decided to become a full-time freelance writer, and has now written several hundred magazine articles for more than a dozen national magazines and about 3500 newspaper columns for more than 100 newspapers.  More than 30 of his outdoor photographs have illustrated the covers of various outdoor magazines.
Local and area businesses provide financial support and numerous door prizes for this event.  Farm/City Night is free of charge and open to the public.  “University of Missouri Extension Programs Are Open To All”