Dust off your cowboy boots

for the Farm City BBQ’s Diamond Jubilee Anniversary!

Commissioner Penny Taylor was one of the many celebrity servers to greet more than 2,000 guests and attendees

Commissioner Penny Taylor was one of the many celebrity servers to greet more than 2,000 guests and attendees

Business and agricultural leaders prepare to celebrate what has become known as a favorite Thanksgiving tradition in Collier County.

60 years ago, the national Farm City Council was formed in an effort to help bring together business and agricultural communities. Their goal was to demonstrate the interdependence of a vibrant network of farmers and business owners that help support the economy and provide the basic essentials that every citizen needs. From the truck driver, to the rancher, to the grocery store clerk, to the futures broker and the biotechnologies, we all play an important role in making sure that Americans have access to a healthy and abundant supply of food, fiber, and natural resources.

In Collier County, the Farm City BBQ was formed in a similar way. The old timers remember when Collier County’s farmers had a bad year of crops. The business leaders reached out to the farmers, inviting them for a BBQ and sharing in the little produce that was available so that their families wouldn’t go hungry on Thanksgiving Day. A year later, the farming community wanted to reciprocate the hospitality so they invited the business leaders for a BBQ in the “country.”

In celebrating agriculture, the Farm City BBQ showcases locally grown produce.

In celebrating agriculture, the Farm City
BBQ showcases locally grown produce.

As the years have passed, farming practices have evolved to meet the growing demands of our nation. They have become more hightech and interdependent with the business community, that also continues to grow and thrive in Naples. But, the relationships run generations deep at the Farm City BBQ where there are no suits or formal titles, just good friends that you greet with a hug.

“With technology, we are more plugged in than ever and yet more separated. The Farm City BBQ helps connect us in the most important way – through a handshake and a hug with an old friend,” said Stephanie Kissinger, 2015 Farm City BBQ Chair.

Over the past decade, the Farm City BBQ has grown from 600 guests to over 2,200 guests who share in the traditional steak and Immokalee Salad. And while the roots of the Farm City BBQ are about developing those relationships, the organization has grown to support future leaders in our community through four non-profit organizations.

In recent years, more than $250,000 has been donated back into our community through the Collier County 4H Association, Youth Leadership Collier, Collier County Junior Deputy League, as well as the Collier chapters of Key Club International. Funds have helped support the progress of these organizations in providing hands-on classroom education from elementary through high school students.

Additionally, a portion of the proceeds have helped kick-start the development of the Junior Deputy’s Camp Discovery as well as providing scholarships for sending emerging leaders to the Key Club District Leadership and Education Conference.

When you go, you can look forward to a sizzling hot steak, corn, and baked beans served by our local elected officials. Bring some extra money to participate in the raffle of prizes donated from area businesses including a grand prize – the Big Green Egg Grill!


Date: Wednesday, November 25th
Time: 11:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Location: Junior Deputy’s Camp Discovery
Cost: Tickets are $20.00 and include a Shula’s
steak, Immokalee Salad, corn, baked beans and
complimentary beer, wine and sodas
Tickets are available on
Hosted by the Collier County Sheriff’s Office
and the Junior Deputies League of Collier
Cattle Baron Sponsors:
Waste Management, Arthrex, Collier
Enterprises, Shula’s Steak House, First Florida
Integrity Bank, Lipman Produce, Life in Naples,
Naples Daily News and D’Latinos
Proceeds benefit:
Collier County 4H Association, Youth
Leadership Collier, The Collier County Junior
Deputy League and Key Club International
If you go, look like a regular.
• Proper attire is Cowboy Boots, blue jeans
and your best Cowboy Hat.
• Buy your Veggie Bag early – as they often sell
• Bring a friend to share in the best
Thanksgiving Tradition in Collier County!

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