The Franklin-Simpson Farmers' Market's third annual Hometown Harvest Dinner is bringing a wide selection of local meats and produce to the First United Methodist Church's CLC beginning at 5 p.m. Friday, July 27.
Dinner tickets ($45 each with a choice of ribeye, pork chop or chicken breast as the main course) are available through the Simpson County Extension Office during normal business hours and at the Farmers' Market on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
"One hundred percent of the proceeds will benefit the Farmers' Market through things such as facility maintenance, utilities and marketing," Simpson County Extension Agent Jason Phillips said. "I think the event really highlights the availability of local produce and I know a lot of people feel the Farmers' Market is a big asset for the community."
With produce from the Farmers' Market and other local resources, the Brickyard Café will prepare the meal to be served at 6 p.m., following an outdoor pre-dinner festival at 5 p.m. Sharon Spencer from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) is the dinner's keynote speaker.
The festival is set to feature art, activities and live music from classically trained guitarist Gary Weilage, who will also play during the meal.
"[Weilage] is a musician out of Bowling Green," F-S Renaissance Director Amy Ellis, who helped bring him on board for the event, said. "He's played at several events Renaissance has held before."
In addition to performing at events and shows, Weilage runs a guitar studio with locations in Franklin and Bowling Green. He graduated from Western Kentucky University in 2007.
Attendees can also take part in a community art project courtesy of the Gallery on the Square.
"[There will be] an interactive weaving project that anyone can do," Gallery Director Lisa Deavers said. "We'll have fabric for them to weave into a garden fence, and we'll use that to make a temporary public art display."
Sponsors for the event include the KDA's Kentucky Proud program, Ohio Valley Insurance, Perdue, Premier Service and Repair, Elite Ag Services - Mason Killen, Corteva, Crop Production Services and Hunt Family Auto.
"[The Hometown Harvest Dinner is] a fun atmosphere that features local produce," Phillips said. "We want to continue to maintain the Farmers' Market as a place people can be proud of."
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