Last week’s record rainfall, flooding and school closures almost caused Life Choices Director Kathleen Richard to cancel the organization’s annual fundraising banquet.
Richard decided to go forward with the banquet March 10 at the Ruston Civic Center, and she said she was amazed by the community response in spite of the obstacles from flooding.
“We had prayed for the rain to stop and for a window of good weather so people could come out, but we didn’t know how many would be able to come,” Richard said. She estimated that between 450 and 475 people came.
A new special event takes place at Ag Expo this year. The Southern Stock Dog Association will sponsor a day of trials beginning at 9 a.m. Jan. 20. This competition is about how well stock dogs, mostly Border Collies, herd cattle in response to hand and voice commands by their master. The event will be held in the West Livestock Arena at the Ike Hamilton Expo Center in West Monroe.
Ag Expo 2012, scheduled for Jan. 20 and 21, will feature the newest products and services for agriculture producers and businesses, plus educational displays and programs for all ages. The newest technologies, from a portable sawmill to row crop equipment to animal health and more will be demonstrated.
Claiborne Dutch Oven Cookers and Lake Claiborne State Park are presenting “Gobble Till Ya Wobble — Family Fun Day” from 9 a.m.- 8 p.m. Saturday.
From 9 a.m.–1:30 p.m. there will be Dutch oven cooking, demonstrations and a pot luck lunch at the Nature Center, with the Claiborne Black Pots ‘Unplugged’ Band. Those who are interested in cooking in Dutch ovens outdoors using charcoal, should bring their pots, food and supplies.
1st Row Photo: Hunter Lee demonstrating a strength and conditioning exercise, while Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Damon Harrington addresses the crowd. Proceeds from the sold-out event benefitted the Boys and Girls Clubs of North Central Louisiana.
2nd Row Photo: Pictured above are Staci Stucki (left) and Ashley Wood.