After an unprecedented year in 2020 that put so many things on hold, the Imperial County Farm Bureau (ICFB) announced in a press release they will be holding the 68th Annual Scholarship Barbecue. Each year, the Imperial County Farm Bureau presents local students with scholarships from four different scholarship funds — Matthew LaBrucherie, Raul Rodriguez Memorial, Jack and Pauline McConnell Memorial, and Imperial County Farm Bureau scholarships.

In addition to those mentioned, ICFB announced two new scholarships added to the program this year — the Al Kalin Memorial Scholarship and the Jack Strobel Memorial Scholarship. The longest standing of these funds, the Imperial County Farm Bureau Scholarship, is supported each year by the annual barbecue. While the event will look a little different, this year’s fundraiser will be held on Friday, April 30, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Imperial Valley Food Bank.

Due to permitting requirements with the County, the event will shift to a drive-thru service. Tri-tip will be served, and prizes will be included in a raffle!

To properly plan for this event, it is limited to selling 250 tickets. Each ticket will include a family dinner for four and one raffle entry for $50. Additionally, Farm Bureau is currently accepting sponsorships from businesses and individuals. All the net proceeds from the barbecue will be disbursed as scholarships.

The Scholarship Barbecue and the Imperial County Farm Bureau Scholarship Program would not achieve the high level of success if it were not for the generous donors and the support from the community, according to the release.

Imperial County Farm Bureau is grateful for the generosity and support that helps students pursue agriculture related degrees. Local farmers, ranchers, and farm service providers as well as their employees have made sure food continues to arrive to households during this trying time. The scholarship program provides the opportunity that future farmers, ranchers, and farm service providers depend on to continue their education as the future of the agriculture industry in the Imperial Valley.

Each year, students from across the Imperial Valley use these scholarships to strive to become active contributors to the agricultural community through a variety of agricultural related studies. Farm Bureau said it hopes the public will continue to support the future of the agriculture industry by joining them on April 30 at the socially-distanced 68th Annual Scholarship Barbecue.

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