Hardin County’s annual Farm-­City Day is coming up Tues­day. This year is the ur­ban segment, hosted by the Har­din County Chamber of Com­merce.

“Since our agricultural com­mun­ity partners contrib­u­tion to our healthy metro econ­omy is so vital, Farm-City Day is the perfect ve­hicle for building on the great relationship that’s been es­tab­lished over the past 50-­plus years,” said Brad Rich­ard­son, president of the Har­din County Chamber of Com­merce.

It’s the 53rd event in Har­din County.

“It’s one of the longest, if not the longest, running Farm-City event in Kentucky,” agriculture extension agent Doug Shepherd said.

Shepherd said society today is more segmented and Har­din County has become a more metro community.

“I feel it’s very important that the rural-urban segments hold events just as this to allow both groups to learn about the other’s industry, issues, needs and vision,” he said. “That generally can only be accomplished through open communication and relationship building.”

Farm-City Day was established to increase understanding of the different cultures of the two communities, Shepherd said.

“This gives residents of the urban and rural segments of Hardin County an opportunity to become better acquainted,” he said.

The day begins at 8 a.m. at Pritchard Community Center in Elizabethtown with a coffee, juice and doughnut fell­owship sponsored by Hardin County Farm Bureau.

The tour leaves at 8:30 a.m. This year’s tour includes G.C. Burkhead Elementary School and Red Hill Cutlery.

The tour returns to Prit­chard Community Center around 11:30 for lunch and a program.

Dr. William Nash of the Har­din Memorial Health Foun­dation is the featured speaker. The program also includes the presentation of the Dis­ting­uish­ed Service to Farm-City Re­la­tions award. Ed Poppe was last year’s recipient.

Organizers would like participants to register by noon Monday.

For information or to register, call the Hardin County Chamber of Commerce at 270-765-4334 or Hardin County Cooperative Ex­ten­sion Service at 270-765-4121.

Becca Owsley can be reached at 270-505-1740 or bowsley@thenewsenterprise.com.

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