A Night at the Grand Ole Opry House

No trip to Nashville is complete without a trip to the Grand Ole Opry. Tonight we attended the Foundation’s Night Out at the Grand Ole Opry House.

The Grand Ole Opry House

The Grand Ole Opry House

The evening was hosted by GAC’s Nan Kelly. The first group to entertain was Mike and the Driven Bow. They entertained the crown with bluegrass music from artists such as Bill Monroe and Bob Wills.

Mike and the Driven Bow

Mike and the Driven Bow

Next up was the new sound of The Fiddleheads. You may have seen them last spring on the show America’s Got Talent.

The Fiddleheads

The Fiddleheads

Prizes were given away during the night. Chevrolet gave one lucky attendee a Superbowl Package including game tickets and a hotel stay for two.

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Nashville is a city rich in history and back-stories. Award-winning songwriters Tim Nichols and Craig Wiseman entertained the crowd singing some of their long list of popular songs that have been recorded by artists such as Tim McGraw, Alan Jackson, JoDee Messina and Kenny Chesney, to name a few. Their energy and zeal for song was contagious and they kept the audience laughing with stories about the ideas and inspiration for their songs.

Craig Wiseman and Tim Nichols

Craig Wiseman and Tim Nichols

And then it was time for the headliner – the moment everyone was waiting for – Phil Vassar took the stage.

Phil Vassar

Phil Vassar

At the end, in Opry tradition, all the artists returned to the stage for a rendition of Will the Circle be Unbroken. The night was truly fun, energizing and lived up to the Opry’s reputation as “The Show that Made Country Music Famous.”

sarahdcarte is Sarah Carte of Florida, a wife, mother and fourth-generation farmer. She currently serves as vice-chair of the Florida Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee. Her Twitter name is @sarahdcarte and she’s also on Facebook (Sarah Dasher Carte)

Lessons Learned Through Flapjacks

Things I’ve learned from Jack Hanna, the entertainer at this morning’s Foundation Flapjack Fundraiser:

- Not all penguins need cold weather
I learned from Jack Hanna that not all penguins need cold weather. In fact, some penguins wouldn't make it in my state, North Dakota!

I learned from Jack Hanna that not all penguins need cold weather. In fact, some penguins wouldn’t make it in my state, North Dakota!

- Don’t order certain coffees from Starbucks
- A sloth doesn’t move during the day…which reminds me of a few people I know!
 
This morning’s Flapjack Fundraiser was an amazing opportunity to see all the great things the Foundation has done the last year, meet a few new people and share a few early morning laughs. What a great start to the day!
 

wagfarms is Val Wagner, a North Dakota farmer and rancher. The Wag’n Tales blog features stories from this mom of four who loves farm life and invites readers to come along for the ride. Follow Val on Twitter (@wagfarms) and find her on Facebook. She is a member of the North Dakota Farm Bureau’s Promotion & Education Committee.

Foundation Flapjack Fundraiser and New ‘Book of the Year’

2013 Book of the Year

2013 Book of the Year

An amazing book was recognized this year as the AFBF Foundation for Agriculture 2013 Book of the Year, The Guardian Team…On the job with Rena and Roo, by Cat Urbigkit. It shares the story of two unlikely friends coming to the ranch together as “runts” and growing a relationship of trust as they work together to protect their sheep on a Wyoming ranch.

The American Foundation for Agriculture focuses on building awareness, understanding and a positive perception of Agriculture through the sharing of accurate information. The materials and programs are designed to not only be reliable but meet today’s educational standards and be utilized in schools across the country.

If you haven’t visited the site yet, be sure to stop by and check out My American Farm.

My American Farm

My American Farm

commonsenseagriculture is Jeff Fowle, a Farm Bureau member in California and partner in Just Farmers. On his ranch you will find cattle,horses and hay. He will represent California at the delegate session in Nashville. Follow him on Twitter (@jefffowle) and read his blog here: http://commonsenseagriculture.com/. Find more posts by Jeff at justfarmers.biz and knowacaliforniafarmer.com.