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AGSTRAVAGANZA: Fresh Start ready to go

By Will Phillips

AGstravaganza, a fun, agriculture-education event sponsored by LaRue County Farm Bureau, is looking to be even bigger this year than last, which saw nearly 500 people attend the final dinner and concert. Attending any of the individual farm tours will get you a ticket to the event, where visitors will be able to choose a free meal of either a pork or beef burger. They will also be able to watch the free concert by country up-and-comer J.D. Shelburne.

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Concert is 7:30 p.m. Saturday

J.D. Shelburne to perform at AGstravaganza finale

John Herndon


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Hinton’s looks forward to AGstravaganza

By Will Phillips

About seven miles out of Hodgenville toward Campbellsville, just off Ky. 210, sits Hinton’s Orchard and Farm Market. The orchard, owned by husband and wife, Jeremy and Joanna Hinton, is participating in AGstravaganza for the second time when the event rolls around on Aug. 9.


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R & K is A-OK

By Will Phillips

One of the new stops along the AGstravaganza tour this year is R & K Angus, owned by Russell and Kelly Flanders. The farm serves as the beef stop for the tour and will allow visitors to see the workings of a farm that raises Angus bulls for market.


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"We have deep roots here,” says Ragland

Shady Rest Farms is hog heaven

By Will Phillips

Caleb Ragland is the ninth generation of his family to operate a farm in LaRue County. The young farmer raises hogs on Shady Rest Farm with the help of his father and brother.


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Lee's Garden Center Florist and Gift Shop

How does your garden grow?

By Will Phillips

Lee’s Garden Center Florist and Gift Shop has been around for a long time – 28 years, in fact – and is going to be a stop on the AGstravaganza tour on Aug. 9.


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Rock Dairy rises from the rubble

Like a Rock

By Will Phillips

The last year has been far from easy for Rock Brothers Dairy, but the family-owned farm is ready to bounce back, according to Chris Loyall, current farm caretaker and son-in-law to Gary Rock, the farm’s owner.


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Homestead has history

By Will Phillips

The second annual AGstravaganza will offer residents a chance on Saturday to experience the best of local agriculture. Several farming operations are opening their doors to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


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PHOTO: Straw bale gardening

Hailey Speakman, 12, stands in front of her grandfather’s straw bale garden. Tim Speakman of Hodgenville experimented with growing tomatoes in straw bales – after having problems with blight in his garden. The bales have to be conditioned with water and fertilizer before the plants are added. When harvest is complete, the straw can be composted. Tomatoes have been plentiful in the “straw pot,” while squash did not produce well.


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PHOTO: Blackberry lily

By Linda Ireland

This blackberry lily was spotted growing in a field on Miller Road. The perennial has orange blooms with red dots. The flowers turn into seed pods which split open in late summer. The pods resemble a blackberry.

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