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Emily Kuhn and Brodie Miller wear their leprechaun hats as they wait outside the Hamburg Fieldhouse for doors to open . Emily Kuhn and Brodie Miller wear their leprechaun hats as they wait outside the Hamburg Fieldhouse for doors to open .
press photo by Elsa KerschnerBrooke Noss, 3, who attended the Farm Family Appreciation Dinner lives on a farm which has been a farm, a resort and a farm market. press photo by Elsa KerschnerBrooke Noss, 3, who attended the Farm Family Appreciation Dinner lives on a farm which has been a farm, a resort and a farm market.
Ryan Gamler of Moyer’s Catering stirs a pan of corn. Ryan Gamler of Moyer’s Catering stirs a pan of corn.
The Rev. Dr. Samuel Zeiser helps himself to a cup of coffee at the Farm Family Appreciation Dinner. The Rev. Dr. Samuel Zeiser helps himself to a cup of coffee at the Farm Family Appreciation Dinner.
Lorrie and John Rauch of Lynn Township greet friends. Lorrie and John Rauch of Lynn Township greet friends.
Melanie, Adam, 10 months, Amelia and Emmalyn Fink were at the dinner. The girls were having fun running around and playing with other kids. Melanie, Adam, 10 months, Amelia and Emmalyn Fink were at the dinner. The girls were having fun running around and playing with other kids.
Tyler Serfass, 6 months, was one of the many babies supporting the farmers. Tyler Serfass, 6 months, was one of the many babies supporting the farmers.
THIS WAS REALLY NEAT BUT DOES NOT SHOW UP WELL IN A PICTURE Paul Siegfried and Robert Krippledauer were doing some toe-tapping dancing in the back of the room. Siegfried said he went to Northwestern Lehigh School. THIS WAS REALLY NEAT BUT DOES NOT SHOW UP WELL IN A PICTURE Paul Siegfried and Robert Krippledauer were doing some toe-tapping dancing in the back of the room. Siegfried said he went to Northwestern Lehigh School.
Debbi Mankiell and Hannah Serfass, 10- months old, watch the dancing. Debbi Mankiell and Hannah Serfass, 10- months old, watch the dancing.
Steve Furmanski and Kathy Martin promenade. Steve Furmanski and Kathy Martin promenade.
AJ Martin and Dennis Furmanski know what to do with their farm equipment. A passerby comments that that is what it is all about. AJ Martin and Dennis Furmanski know what to do with their farm equipment. A passerby comments that that is what it is all about.
PRESS PHOTOS BY ELSA KERSCHNERMike McCauley holds Ella, 2, his granddaughter, as he dances with Ella’s mom Brenda. PRESS PHOTOS BY ELSA KERSCHNERMike McCauley holds Ella, 2, his granddaughter, as he dances with Ella’s mom Brenda.

Farm families honored at dinner

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by Elsa Kerschner ekerschner@tnonline.com in Local News

The Farm Family Appreciation program is held almost every year at the Union Fire Company field house in Hamburg, Berks County.

Though the program began 20 years ago, this was only the 18th dinner/dance as two were missed for various reasons, said Pastor Mary Gade of the program committee.

Doors were scheduled to open at 6:30 p.m. but this night someone came to the door and called out that people should fill up the spaces at the tables because there were so many attending.

Members of farm families eat for free. Their supporters pay a reasonable fee for dinner. This year there were 850 farmers and supporters.

At one year’s dinner almost 900 attended the event.

Maybe the high number of attendees included the many little leprechauns attending this year’s event.

There were people wearing Irish shirts and green hats. Shamrocks and leprechauns decorations were taped to the bleachers.

Irish coloring pictures and a word search were on the back of the place mats. There were crayons at each place for kids to do the coloring.

Whenever the dinner is near a holiday people also celebrate the special day.

The Outlaws were scheduled to provide the music and a square-dance caller, Paul Adams, known throughout Berks County was waiting his turn at the microphone.

Veterans, both active and retired, were recognized along with their families.

There were two classifications of sponsors. The major sponsors were the granges, banks, Penn State Extension and an insurance company. Congregational and other sponsors were many churches, more granges and Eckroth Farm Equipment.

A prayer, written originally by Pope Francis in 2016, was recited “Maker of heaven and earth, we bless you and give you glory. Bless this seed and make it fruitful. Look upon our work this season and grant that the seeds we plant will produce plentiful crops, providing work and food for many.”

The Rev. Dr. Samuel Zeiser, Bishop of the Northeastern Pa. Lutheran Synod, was the announcer for the evening.

Editors from Lancaster Farming were on hand. They attended the past five years, but they were enjoying the evening, not working.

John and Lorrie Rauch of Lynn Township said the recently enjoyed a Hawaii vacation but now were enjoying the dinner and dance.

John is trying to grow a 2,000-pound pumpkin. Lorrie wins baking contests at the fairs and farm show.

The caller said people should get their squares ready for a grand hoedown.

“Two couples up here in the middle of the floor,” he called as people fill the floor.” Your partners on the right – your partners on the left. Everybody swing and promenade.”