Annual ‘Harvest Bonanza’ serving free meal to area farmers

DAYKIN, NE – Fairbury  country radio station Ol’ Red 99.5 has put on Harvest Bonanza every year since 2000.

The station serves a free hot dog meal to farmers at local co-ops around the area with the help of local FFA chapters.

This year, Ol’ Red is serving roughly 3,000 hotdogs to 16 communities.

Promotions director Nichole Scholl started Harvest Bonzana, because she saw an opportunity to help area farmers and their spouses.

“My friend, Robyn Graham who was the FFA advisor in Fairbury (Jr./Sr. High), got together and brainstormed about what we could do to bring supper to the farmers harvesting,” Scholl said, “and take a little bit of pain-in-the-butt off the wives who are always in the field and who are always on call.”

On Tuesday, the Meridian FFA chapter, which is brand new this year, served hot dogs at Farmers Cooperative in Daykin.All 160 brought to the location were gone within an hour.

Meridian FFA advisor Sarah Wollenburg was proud to have her chapter volunteer their efforts for the event.

“I grew up on a farm, so I have a passion for what these guys are doing,” Wollenburg said, who’s a native of Beatrice and a graduate of Tri County Junior-Senior High. “I know they work hard, and we want to give back to the community, which has been so supportive of us since we started our chapter.”

Meridian is sponsoring FFA for the first time this school year. Wollenburg says about 40 students are involved.

“I’m thrilled with those numbers,” Wollenburg said. “It’s amazing.”

Harvest Bonanza has also made stops in Beatrice, Hanover, Sedan, Dorchester, Geneva, Burchard, Carleton and Narka this week. Next week, the station will stop in Milligan, Wilber, Plymouth, Jansen, Swanton, Herkimer and Friend.

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