Chamber marking 30 years of ag appreciation tours

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News-Argus Staff

Mike DeVries, president of ClearView Seeds, talks with 2015 Ag Tour members about seed harvest.

Photo by Jenny Gessaman

For three decades, Lewistown residents have boarded a bus bound for rural parts of Fergus County. The goal? To introduce “townies” to the goals and aspirations, as well as the trials and tribulations, of farmers and ranchers.

This year the tour will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 5, starting at 8 a.m. and lasting most of the day.

The Lewistown Area Chamber of Commerce has arranged and sponsored the tour year after year.

“We want to acknowledge the big part that agriculture plays in our economy and our way of life here in Central Montana,” said Connie Fry, Chamber executive director.

Each year Fry and her volunteer committee search for new destinations to keep tour participants both entertained and educated. Riding in the big, comfy tour coach, urban explorers visit agricultural businesses and ventures, meeting a variety of rural entrepreneurs ranging from small town business people to the owners of the largest ranching endeavors. Along the way participants make new friends, are treated to exceptionally good meals and snacks, and enjoy Central Montana’s fall landscapes.

 This year the tour heads east of Lewistown to stops such as the Descheemaeker and Westphal cattle ranches, the newly completed Grass Range rodeo grounds, lunch at the Fox Den restaurant in Grass Range, and Cloud Dancer Alpacas on Forest Grove Road.

Reservations are required, and can be made by contacting the Chamber at 535-5436. There is a fee to participate.

 

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