Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Chena Fest celebrates agricultural bounty

The 5th annual Chena Fest will be a celebration recognizing agricultural production in the bountiful Tanana Valley. The event, planned for Oct. 3 at Chena Hot Springs Resort, is a fundraiser for FFA.

Director of the state Division of Agriculture Franci Havemeister will be on hand to welcome the attendees. Entertainment in the form of song and dance will be provided by FFA students, including Isaac Courson, who participated in the national FFA talent show last year.

The dinner, prepared by the chefs at the resort, is as close to an all-Alaska meal as any restaurant can likely get. Soups and salads feature Alaska-grown ingredients. The entree is a market steer raised by 4-H’er Alyssa Huffman and purchased at the Tanana Valley State Fair livestock auction by Bernie Karl, Chena Hot Springs owner. Vegetables dishes will feature locally grown potatoes, broccoli, green beans, cauliflower, squash, carrots, celery, onions, radishes, and corn. Breads and a dessert of rhubarb, berries, and honeydew melon will round out the menu.

FFA state officers plan to make a presentation and representatives from Fairbanks Soil and Water Conservation Service will give a report on Alaska Agriculture Day activities.

Tickets are $25. Call 474-6916 or e-mail FFA State Advisor Jeff Werner. Door prizes include a weekend at Chena Hot Springs Resort and season passes to the Tanana Valley State Fair in 2010.

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