Casey's agricultural center gets early Christmas gift

December 24, 2003|BRENDA S. EDWARDS

LIBERTY - Casey County's new agricultural center got an early Christmas gift this year.

The Casey County Pork Producers Association donated a new 60-by-120-foot metal building that will be used as a multipurpose center. Installation of the building will begin as soon as weather permits.

The Ag Center is on a 156-acre tract that runs along Green River south of town and already has a horse ring and walking track around the center that still needs more work.

Judge-Executive Ronald Wright said work has also started on a concession stand and restrooms. The foundation is in place and plumbers are ready to begin.


"The Pork Producers brought the building to the site last week," said Art Mills, president of the association. "We're waiting for the weather to break to do the foundation and put the building up." Owens Construction Co. of Windsor will do the work.

Mills said after the building is finished the Pork Producers will cook chops and burgers during open house.

Although the Pork Producers did not say what the building cost, Mills said it was a considerable amount of money for one organization to donate. "It's nice that the Pork Producers could do this," he said. "Hopefully, we can get other organizations to help."

The money was raised through sales of sandwiches at fairs and festivals.

Mills called the group one of the best organizations in the county, although the 100 members do not raise hogs. He said the group has members from the county and as far away as Ohio and Arkansas.

"None of us have hogs, we just promote farm products and farmers," Mills said. "We fellowship a lot, eat a lot and cook a lot. We like pork."

"When they asked me to join, I did not raise hogs, but they said come on and have a good time," he said. "A lot of us have raised hogs in the past, and a few have one or two to butcher for themselves."

He said when they cook for groups, the association gets pork locally from Food World and Central Kentucky Meats. "We go anywhere someone wants us to, and where anyone who wants to eat and pay."

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