The 11th annual class of inductees into the Wilson County Agricultural Hall of Fame is Dr. Sam McFarland, Hale Moss, David Tomlinson and A.C. Wharton, representatives with the organization announced this week.
All inductees will be honored at the Wilson County Agricultural Hall of Fame Banquet on Tuesday, April 4, at 6 p.m. at the Wilson County Expo Center in Lebanon. Area Future Farmers of America (FFA) and 4-H members will serve as ushers for the evening.
Tickets for the banquet can be purchased from Diane Major by calling (615) 444-1890, ext. 3. Tickets are $20 each. Jordan's Catering will prepare the meal for the evening's celebration. Businesses interested in becoming sponsors for the event should also contact Major.
"The purpose of the Wilson County Agricultural Hall of Fame is to recognize citizens of Wilson County who have made a significant impact on agriculture in Wilson County, Tennessee, nationally or worldwide," said Ben Powell, chairman of the Wilson County Agricultural Hall of Fame. "We felt the time was right to pay tribute to these very deserving individuals. Each has made significant contributions to Wilson County agriculture, as well as Wilson County in general."
Other members of the Wilson County Agricultural Hall of Fame Board of Directors are: Keith Harrison, vice chairman; Jeffrey Turner, secretary; Major, treasurer; and Ruth Correll. Organizers have established a non-profit status for the organization to enable them to raise money to be used for the establishment of a building on the grounds of the James E. Ward Agricultural Center dedicated to hall of fame inductees.
"Any funds raised over and above the costs of putting on the annual banquet will be set aside for the building," Major noted.
"We want the entire agricultural community in our county to come together to recognize these deserving individuals on April 4," Powell added. "We owe these folks a great deal of gratitude for everything they have done for agriculture. We hope our community will come together and join in our 11th annual celebration.
To learn more, visit www.wilsoncountyaghalloffame.org.