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Weather, Food Draws Large Crowd for ‘Ag in the City’

Despite a history of having to battle the weather, the conditions for “Ag in the City” for Thursdays in Pella were about as good as anyone could have hoped for, as was evident by the large crowd that turned out for the event. Food was the hot draw for the evening, as grilled specialties from the Marion County Cattlemen and homemade pies sold by Pella Christian were some of the most popular stops.

The night also featured a very unusual challenge, as Pella Mayor Darrell Dobernecker defeated Knoxville Mayor Don Zoutte in a game of “C-H-I-C-K”, which involved shooting a rubber chicken into a small basketball hoop. Pella’s downtown streets were also lined with a variety of farm implements, as what literally amounted to millions of dollars in new machinery was on display, as well as several antique tractors.

The evening’s younger attendees were entertained by a sheep-shearing demonstration and free rides, while others opted for musical entertainment on the Tulip Toren stage from the “Basement Beat” percussion group and a gospel performer. “Ag in the City” is organized by the Marion County Farm Bureau and was supported by many local businesses serving the Pella Community.