Our View: Dinners showcase, support Clark County

Published 10:29 am Wednesday, July 24, 2019

sold-out crowd of 200 or more people got a taste of Clark County over the weekend during the annual Farm To Table dinner on Depot Street.

The event was inspired by a similar event in another community, and a group of dedicated volunteers made their vision for something similar in Clark County come to life.

With a small group of volunteers at the helm, the community rallied behind the event as volunteers and attendees. The event has been incredibly successful for three years now.

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One of the most spectacular things about the event is the meal revolves entirely around showcasing items grown and produced here in Clark County. The menu features items sold at the local farmers’ market and other Winchester-proud items, like Ale 8 One.

While we are sure a great time was had by all Saturday evening, the best part of the event is it supports a great cause.

Proceeds from the dinner go toward building a permanent shelter on Depot Street for the Winchester-Clark County Farmers’ Market.

A similar event with a different cause in mind is slated for this weekend in rural Clark County.

For several years, Serena and Brennan Gilkison have opened the doors of their barn for a farm-to-table-style dinner, Harvest To Hand, which raises money for local agriculture education programs.

Gilkison Farm hosts an Ag Day for students every year, and many of the proceeds from the dinner directly fund that event.

The Gilkisons also promote agriculture education within the schools.

The dinner also showcases Kentucky Proud and locally-grown foods.

While these are events are great simply because they build community, they are phenomenal because they also support the community.

It’s a win-win situation and we’re proud Clark County is home to these wonderful annual events.

We thank the volunteers, the sponsors, the organizers and the supporters for all that goes into making these events successful and for the passion and commitment to community.

We are excited to the fruits of their labors, whether in the near future or a little further down the line.