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Honoring Farmers at the 2017 Blessing of the Combines

This past Saturday, Fair Farms enjoyed the 19th Annual Blessing of the Combines in Snow Hill, a charming town on the “wild and scenic” Pocomoke River on Maryland’s Lower Eastern Shore. The event honors and celebrates local farmers with a parade down the town’s main street of combines—machines that efficiently harvest a variety of grain crops.

At this year’s Blessing of the Combines, there was music by a local praise band, politicians on the stump, street vendors galore, and—of course—funnel cake. From corn mazes and corn pits to antique tractors and a barnyard bounce house, there was something for people of all ages to enjoy.

Daniel Freeman of Spence Baptist Church offered the official benediction, calling on God to “bless the weather and keep it in the favor of the farmer.”

Guest speaker Kathryn Danko-Lord, owner of Costa Ventosa Winery & Brewery, decried “agricultural illiteracy,” noting that most Americans don’t understand what farmers do for a living, and only 2% of Americans farm as a profession. She encouraged farmers to share their profession as widely as they can.

If you appreciate the charms of small town community, and respect the labors of farmers and the religious faith of those in rural agricultural communities, then Fair Farms suggests you plan a trip to the Lower Eastern Shore for the Blessing of the Combines in 2018.

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