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Organizers say Ag Days will return next year stronger than ever

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LAUREL — Father’s Day weekend in Laurel has been home to Ag Days for many years, but not this year.

The summer celebration has a long history here.

In the “olden days” it was referred to as Dairy Days. It was later changed to encompass and celebrate the entire agricultural community.

Whether rain or shine, not much kept Ag Days from happening, over the years.

This year, however, things changed. Due to the Covid-19 gathering restrictions, the Community Chamber Club had to make the hard decision to postpone the event until next year.

This decision came after the Alumni banquet and many class reunions were cancelled, as well.

It would be simple to look at the cancellation as a huge loss for the community. However, many residents are optimistic about the break and feel it will be good for the event.

“I think taking a year off will give people something to look forward to next year,” said Rachel Steffen, co-chair of the Community Chamber Club, “Summer gets so busy and fun events become part of the proverbial to-do list instead of being an enjoyment.”

Sometimes a break like this can be a good reminder for folks about the importance of the community and events here.

“With this break, I think we will realize how easy it is to take for granted opportunities to be with one another and just have fun making memories,” she said.

Steffen is optimistic for next year, though,

“I am looking forward to next year for a great weekend with family and friends,” she said.

Karen Thompson said the cancellation has taken away a class reunion for the Laurel Class of 1960.

“I am probably most disappointed that our class of 1960 will not be celebrating our milestone year,” she said.

Thompson’s family usually takes part in Ag Days in various ways.

Her husband, Jim, has helped lead the Ag Days parade with the veterans for many years. They have also spent years volunteering at the Father’s Day Breakfast.

She said that while there is disappointment in not gathering this year, she agrees with Steffen that taking a year off will only make next year’s event even more special.

One thing Covid-19 didn’t cancel was the Cedar View Country Club’s Annual Father’s Day Golf Tournament.

According to Josh Johnson, this tournament has been going on as long as he can remember. Sunday’s tournament brought 46 teams together consisting of not only fathers and sons but daughters too.