Last week, Illinois Corn, the CornBelters, and Bloomington-Normal celebrated Ag Week at the Normal, IL Corn Crib. The week featured theme nights celebrating Illinois commodities, special games in between innings, and farm equipment right outside the gate!
Monday was Illinois Corn Growers Association appreciation night. Illinois corn farmers were invited to come to the game at a discounted rate to see how IL Corn is using the team to educate fans about Illinois agriculture.
Tuesday was a celebration of pork with over 700 pork burgers sold. Sixty pig farmers were at the game, serving pork samples to spectators in attendance, mingling with the crowd, and answering questions about their farm. The Illinois Pork Producers Association sold t-shirts, “Peace, Love, Pork,” to fans with all sales benefitting local food pantries.
Beef Night was Wednesday night. Fans enjoyed beef brisket and kids enjoyed a special lasso-ing activity in the kids play area. Over 100 beef farmers were there, checking out the stadium and the ag education opportunities.
A special shout-out goes to Bloomington Meats who served flavored bratwursts on Tuesday night and juicy hamburgers on Wednesday night.
Thursday was Prairie Farms night, with representatives from Prairie Farms and Midwest Dairy Association in attendance. The first 1000 visitors received chocolate milk and fans enjoyed a milk chugging contest on the field.
The week ended with Friday night’s 4-H night. Livingston, McLean, Woodford, and LaSalle County 4-H chapters were represented and the 4-H pledge and Pledge of Allegiance were recited on the field. What an exciting day for 4-H education!
Ag Week was to promote agriculture as a primary industry in our state and reconnect ag with the non-farmers in our community. With that as a goal, Illinois Corn believes we have certainly provided an opportunity to learn more about where food comes from to the non-farm audience in Illinois.