by Michaela Carpenter, Public Relations Writer
Started by Dr. Paul Dixon, former president and current chancellor of Cedarville University, Farmers Night is a community outreach event designed to build relationships with and show appreciation for the local farming community.
“We have the blessing of being surrounded by a lot of farmers,” said Amanda Gillispie, director of donor relations and events at Cedarville. “We just want to thank them for what they do and the work they put into the community, because we really benefit from that.”
This year’s Farmers Night will welcome nearly 200 people from local farming families to campus. Guests will be treated to a buffet dinner and hear a brief update from Cedarville University president Dr. Thomas White.
The event creates a better sense of community, Gillispie explained. Local farmers hear what is happening at the university, and students in Cedarville’s pre-agriculture program interact with and learn from people in the farming community.
After dinner, Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers will perform a free bluegrass concert at 7:30 p.m. in the DeVries Theatre. While the dinner is by invitation only, the concert is open to the public.
Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 3,760 undergraduate, graduate, and online students in more than 100 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings, and leading student satisfaction ratings. For more information about the University, visit www.cedarville.edu.