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Farm City Luncheon

Farm City Celebration Luncheon

Friday, November 10, 2023 

The Details

PRODUCED BY: Agribusiness Industry Network

DATE: Friday, November 10

SITE:  Kentucky Exposition Center South Wing Conference Center

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

TICKETS: Individual $45 each; Table of Eight $350; Rodeo Nomination Table of Eight $400. 

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 2023 is June 20th. 

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Thank You to Our
2023 Sponsors

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Produced in partnership with:

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 & ice cream for luncheon provided by:
  • Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association

  • Kentucky Pork Producers Association

  • Kentucky Aquaculture Association

  • Ehrler's Ice Cream

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Boone’s Butcher Shop of Bardstown, KY was named the 2023 Agribusiness of the Year. 

From left to right: Gary Huddleston, Chairman, Agribusiness Industry Network; Natalie Grubb, Senior Economic Development Manager, Greater Louisville Inc; Allison Boone Porteus,

Vice President and Co-Owner Luke Porteus, husband; Max Porteus, son and

Donna Boone, Co-owner.

Harold Workman Agriculture Leadership Award
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From left to right: John Danesi, Kentucky Exposition Foundation, Vice-Chairman; Stephen Kelley, 2023 honoree; Melanie Kelley, wife; Anna Finneran, son’s partner; Kristopher Kelley, son; Katie, daughter, and John Kramer; Sara (holding award) and Leah Kramer, granddaughters. 

Wing Tip Rodeo
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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.

2023 Wing Tip Rodeo | Winning Farm Team

Wing Tip Rodeo Winners

The Farm Team leads the series 22-14

L-R: Farm Team Captain Mike Tobin, Area Program Director of Kentucky Farm Bureau;
Dan Ison, Shelby County Judge Executive; David Neville, Capstone Farms: Cheryl Witt, University of KY Martin-Gatton College of Agriculture, Food and Environment;
Dale Dobson, Safety Administrator of Kentucky Dept. of Agriculture
2023 Wing Tip Rodeo | City Team
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L-RJordan Clemons, Greater Louisville Inc; Team Captain, Natalie Bonura Grubbs, Greater Louisville Inc; Woo Smith, Terracon Consultants, Inc.; Anna-Tyler Morgan, McBrayer PLLC; Zeeshan Bhatti, Keyhorse Capital.
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