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Past Wing Tip Rodeo Winners
1987Farm Team
1988City Team
1989Farm Team
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1992Farm Team
1993City Team
1994Farm Team
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1996City Team
1997Farm Team
1998Farm Team
1999Farm Team
2000City Team
2001 Farm Team
2002City Team
2003Farm Team
2004Farm Team
2005Farm Team
2006City Team
2007Farm Team
2008Farm Team
2009City Team
2010City Team
2011City Team
2012City Team
2013City Team
2014 City Team

2015

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Farm Team

City Team


L-R: Wyatt Bryant, Bulleitt Bourdon Distilling Co.; Fran McCall, Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation; Patrick Armstrong, Kentucky Derby Museum; Jonathan Carter, Farm Credit Mid-America; Steve Kelly, Kentucky State Fair Board; Miss Rodeo Kentucky Alivia Conknight. ​

Dr. C. Oran Little is the retired Dean of UK's College of Agriculture. Little served the UK College of Agriculture for 37 years, and has been the College's dean since 1988. He also served as Director of the Kentucky Agricultural Experiment Station and Director of the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service, and is a professor of Animal Sciences.

Little gave many years of service to the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture. In addition to twelve years as dean and director, he served on the faculty of the UK College of Agriculture early in his academic career. He began at UK in 1960, and progressed through the ranks to full professor in 1967. For 15 years, 1969 to 1985, Little served as associate dean for research and associate director of the Kentucky Agricultural Experiment Station. In 1985 he became vice chancellor for research at the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center and director of the Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station. He returned to Kentucky to head the College, Agricultural Experiment Station, and Cooperative Extension Service in 1988.

During his tenure, the College's academic, research, and extension programs have provided invaluable services to the Commonwealth of Kentucky and have gained substantially in national and international attention.
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Dr. C. Oran Little received the 2016 Harold Workman Leadership Award. The award was presented by David Beck, Executive Vice President, Kentucky Farm Bureau (left).

Harold Workman Agriculture Leadership Award
The Harold Workman Leadership Award committee is soliciting nominations for an individual with distinguished service in the field of agriculture. This award is established as a tribute to the men and women who have given unselfishly of their time and efforts in Service to Kentucky’s Agriculture Industry. 

Our thanks to these organizations who

support the Farm City Celebration Luncheon:

  • Kentucky State Fair Board
  • North American International Livestock Exposition
  • Kentucky Department of Agriculture


Beef, pork & fish for luncheon provided by

  • Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association
  • Kentucky Pork Producers Association
  • Kentucky Aquaculture Association

2016 Sponsors

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​​Produced in partnership with:

L-R: Miss Rodeo Kentucky Alivia Conknight; Matt Yates, Louisville Forward; Matt Hall, One Southern Indiana; Anne Keller, One Southern Indiana; Abby Gilbert, Humana; and Bill Dieruf, Mayor of Jeffersontown.

2016 Wing Tip Rodeo | Winning City Team

2016 Wing Tip Rodeo | Farm Team

The Luncheon

​The Farm City Celebration Luncheon is produced annually by Louisville, Kentucky’s Agribusiness Industry Network. The event celebrates the contributions of the agribusiness industry to the community and recognizes the interdependence of rural and urban economies. It is held in conjunction with the world’s largest, purebred livestock exposition – Louisville’s own North American International Livestock Expo – at the Kentucky Exposition Center.


​​Agribusiness of the Year Award

During the event, the annual Agribusiness of the Year Award winner is announced. The program centers on spotlighting the winner’s business and the aspects of the enterprise that helped earn the award. The nomination deadline for 2017 is August 5th. Click on the button to the right for the form. 

Vickie Oliver, Kroger’s Director of Grocery Merchandising, accepts the 2016 Agribusiness of the Year Award, from Gary Huddleston, Chairman, Agribusiness Industry network (left) and Sarah Davasher-Wisdom, COO of Greater Louisville Inc. (right). Learn more about this year's winner.

Wing Tip Rodeo

The program ends with an entertaining event … the annual Wing Tip Rodeo. Two teams of “cowboys” --- area business leaders who have donned cowboy hats and bandannas --- compete in a real roping contest. This friendly competition has grown quite competitive over the years as the two teams vie for annual bragging rights and possession of the traveling “horse collar trophy”.


Annually, more than 280 area business people attend the luncheon to congratulate the Award winner and to cheer on their favorite Wing Tip Rodeo Team.

The Farm Team leads the series 17-13

The Details

PRODUCED BY: Agribusiness Industry Network

DATE: Friday, November 10, 2017 at Noon

SITE:  Kentucky Exposition Center South Wing Conference Center

PROGRAM: Agribusiness of The Year Award & Wing Tip Rodeo Competition

TICKETS:  $40 each or $300 for a table (8) go on sale October 1

WING TIP RODEO NOMINATING TABLE: Nominate a Wing Tip Rodeo team member - $350. Includes a spot on one the roping teams and a table of 8.

Farm City Celebration Luncheon

Sponsored by Whayne Supply

31st Annual | 11/10/17 at KEC, South Wing