Junior Fair Board places third in Stock the Trailer contest

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David Covert hands a pack of bottled water to Kaci Daily, a London FFA member, during this year’s Madison County Fair. The Madison County Junior Fair Board participated in the “Fight Hunger, Stock the Trailer” initiative sponsored by Farm Credit Mid-America and Rural 1st. Of the 12 counties in their region, the Madison County group collected the third most pounds of food. 

(Posted Dec. 12, 2022)

Farm Credit Mid-America and Rural 1st recently announced the winners of the second installment of the Fight the Hunger, Stock the Trailer Contest. Junior county fair boards from 55 Ohio counties gathered 169,456 pounds of food for 73 food banks over the course of fair season. The Fight the Hunger, Stock the Trailer Contest is hosted on a regional basis. Award money goes directly to Junior Fair activities.

In the South Ohio Region, junior fair boards from Adams, Brown, Clermont, Clinton, Fayette, Franklin, Highland, Madison, Pickaway, Pike, Ross, and Scioto counties collected food during their respective fairs. This year, Highland County came in first place, collecting 11,180 pounds of food. Adams County placed second with 8,761 pounds of food, and Madison County placed third with 7,676 pounds of food.

Madison County donated the food they collected to Sufficient Graced and other local food pantries.

“Fight Hunger, Stock the Trailer has grown remarkably in its second year,” says Rudi Pitzer-Perry, regional vice president of agricultural lending for Farm Credit Mid-America. “That growth has not only come from the expansion of the contest to more areas of Ohio but also due to the enthusiasm our team members, youth leaders and fair goers have demonstrated over the past few months.”

Junior fair boards participating in Fight the Hunger, Stock the Trailer were encouraged to get creative with their food drives.

“It has been incredibly inspiring and exciting to see how youth leaders used their creativity,” says Amanda Lovedahl, an associate financial officer for Farm Credit Mid-America and one of the team members who leads the Fight Hunger, Stock the Trailer initiative. “The contest encourages competitors to come up with fun ways to engage their communities and drive donations.”

Prizes include a $500 award for each county fair that participates, followed by a $5,000 donation to the fair that raises the most food, $3,500 for second place and $1,500 for third place within each respective region. In total, Farm Credit Mid-America and Rural 1st awarded more than $60,000 to junior fairs.

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