Imperial County Farm Bureau Hosts 63rd Scholarship Barbecue

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A helper preparing barbecue plates for customers at the 63rd IC Farm Bureau Annual Scholarship Barbecue on Friday evening.
A helper prepares barbecue plates for customers at the 63rd IC Farm Bureau Annual Scholarship Barbecue on Friday evening.

EL CENTRO — The Imperial County Farm Bureau held its 63rd annual Scholarship Barbecue at Ryerson Hall on Friday evening.

“We wanted to raise as much money possible because all of the proceeds from this barbecue go towards our scholarships,” explained Lindsey Dale, executive director at the Farm Bureau. “We have about 25 applicants for our scholarship this year, so to get as much money as we can to pass out to them is our goal.”

Imperial County Farm Bureau has been providing scholarships to local students interested in pursuing a career in an agriculture-related field for 15 years. The scholarships from the Farm Bureau is funded by this annual Scholarship Barbecue, and through this scholarship alone, local students have received more than $55,000 in support for their education.

Students from all across the Valley use these funds as they study to become farmers, ranchers, veterinarians, entomologists, scientists, and more.  The Imperial County Farm Bureau members believe that ensuring younger generations continue pursuing careers in agriculture is very important to the growth of Imperial Valley and the agriculture industry.

“We like to keep it consistent,” said Dale. “We have been doing this barbecue for 63 years. We don’t mess with what works. We like to keep it the same. We have something for everyone, for every age. We have jump houses, ice cream, and outdoor activities for little kids. We’ve got some fiddlers playing some music for entertainment. We have a lot of people that have been members of Farm Bureau for many, many years. In fact, our oldest member that is here tonight is 99 years old, so he’s been to every one.”

“The overall outcome for today is wonderful,” commented Dale. “We’ve had a great turnout. We served about a thousand people between our dining in and drive-thru people.”

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