2017-07-06 / News

Kids learn all kinds of safety at all-day camp held at McGill-Woodruff


Winners of the door prize bicycles presented by Blake Thompson at the Farm Safety Camp were Levi Boatwright (left) and Morgan Lamar (right). Winners of the door prize bicycles presented by Blake Thompson at the Farm Safety Camp were Levi Boatwright (left) and Morgan Lamar (right). The 2017 Farm Safety Camp planning committee has issued “a tremendous ‘Thank You’ to everyone who volunteered their time, made contributions and great efforts to make this years camp a huge success,” according to Chairman Blake Thompson. The children participated in various classes held at the WoodruffMcGill Ag Center where they learned about fire safety, electrical safety, boating safety, bus safety, gun safety, large animal safety, ATV safety, and also saw a full milking demonstration on a live dairy cow.

The camp had 120 young people from Wilkes and Lincoln Counties to participate in all the educational classes and programs the camp offered with the help of 50 adult volunteer leaders.

The 2017 planning committee was made up of a cooperative group effort from the Wilkes and Lincoln County Cooperative Extension Agencies, Wilkes and Lincoln County Farm Service Agency, Rayle Electric Membership Corporation, AgGeorgia Farm Credit, Washington Fire Department, Wilkes County Young Farmers, Wilkes County Farm Bureau, Wilkes County EMS, and other individuals interested in the safety of young people.

This year’s camp was made possible through the support and sponsorship of the following businesses and organizations:

AgGeorgia Farm Credit; Anderson Insurance; Andrews Quick Lube; Benjamin Edwards Insurance; Broad River Soil and Water Conservation; F&M Bank; Farmers State Bank; First Franklin Insurance; Georgia Department of Natural Resources; Integrative Detention Health Services; Kettle Creek; Kiwanis Club of Washington; Lazy L Farm; Lincoln County Soil and Water Conservation; Lincoln County Cattlemen’s Association; Lincoln County Farm Bureau; Moore Cattle Company; North East Georgia Livestock; Optimist Club of Washington; Palmer Equipment Co. Inc.; Poss Ace Hardware; Rayle EMC; Smith Farm Supply; Southeast United Dairy Industry Assn.; Washington Fire Department; Washington Mini Storage; Washington Rotary Club; Wilkes and Lincoln County Extension Offices; Wilkes County Cattlemen’s Association; Wilkes County EMS; Wilkes County Farm Bureau; Wilkes County Sheriff’s Office; Wilkes County Stockyard; Wilkes County Young Farmers; Wilkes-Lincoln Farm Service Agency; Wilkes Telephone and Electric; Wills Memorial Hospital; and Woodmen of the World

“In closing we would like to thank the parents, volunteers, and sponsors for giving us the opportunity to teach the children in our county about farm safety,” Thompson said. “We hope all the children increased their knowledge and awareness of potential hazards to them as they work, play, and visit on farms.”

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