The 60th annual Tioga Farm Festival kicks off Friday and will feature a variety of events throughout the weekend.
“I think it is a great family-friendly event and that is what people love about it,” said Lori Germundson, a member of the six-member Farm Festival committee. “Whether this is your first year attending or if you have been to the Farm Festival many times.”
The weekend’s festivities include a 4-H livestock show, FFA events, the annual parade, a concert and classic tractor show. The Bank of Tioga is a proud sponsor of this tradition.
Germundson said the committee works closely with the Meadowlarks 4-H group to put on the livestock show for elementary students on Friday. The 4-H members make their animals available for viewing and to answer questions on Saturday as well.
Germundson, a kindergarten teacher, said she loves watching students interact with the animals.
“Watching my students interact and see the farm animals that they may not normally be around is my favorite part,” she said.
Saturday’s activities include live music by folk singer Jessie Veeder and the demolition derby is scheduled for Sunday. Additionally, many activities this year will be held at the renovated Tioga Community Center. Germundson said she’s thankful the high school was available for use last year and that the Community Center is now open
The Bank of Tioga has donated $1,000 this year to help keep the festival thriving.
“It gives the community a chance to get together, visit, enjoy some food and great entertainment,” she said.
The Tioga Farm Festival Schedule of Events:
Friday, Sept. 13
9:30 a.m. – 4-H livestock show
1 p.m. – FFA events
2:30 to 4:30 p.m. – Ice cream social at the Tioga Medical Center
5 to 7 p.m. – Community meal at the Tioga Community Center.
9 p.m. – Outdoor movie in the park, “Charlotte’s Web.
Saturday, Sept. 14
8 a.m. – Community Center opens
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Vendors at the Community Center
10 a.m. – Lunch counter by Regina Lalim opens
10:30 a.m. – Farm Festival parade
After the parade – Free barbecue at Tioga Fire Hall
Noon to 4 p.m. – Inflatable games
1 p.m. – Entertainment by folk singer Jessie Veeder
1 to 4 p.m. – Class tractor show
1 p.m. – Alternate shot golf tournament at Tioga Country Club
3 p.m. – Kids tractor pull
3 p.m. – Pheasants Forever youth shoot
4 p.m. – Cornhole tourname
Sunday, Sept. 15
10 a.m. – Community church service at Community Center
11 a.m. – Community dinner at Community Center
3 p.m. – Tioga Demolition Derby at Tioga Dam
For more information, go to the Tioga Farm Festival Facebook page.
About The Bank of Tioga: The Bank of Tioga is a community bank that values citizenship, exceptional client service and serving as a business leader in its community. Committed to supporting local organizations, the bank reinvests a portion of its net income back to the community. The Bank of Tioga, with $350 million in assets, was chartered in 1951 and was acquired by TS Contrarian Bancshares in 2014 and an affiliate of TS Banking Group. Locations include Tioga and Crosby, North Dakota. For more information visit thebankoftioga.com.