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Sunup Ranch brings Community Together for Harvest Dinner


The 13th Annual Harvest Dinner Celebration will begin at 4 p.m. August 26 and is hosted again at Sunup Ranch (www.sunupranch.com), 12316 County 18 SW, Brainerd.

The harvest dinner is a time to reconnect with friends, listen to music, and share a great meal. But it’s more than just dinner. It’s a time to reflect on where our food comes from, the hands and lands that grow it, and just how fortunate we are to live in an area that continues to support family farms.


The purpose of the harvest dinner is to bring the community together. The original idea was to invite lakeshore owners and farmers to build relationships. The dinner is a celebration of the local harvest and a reminder that we all have a responsibility to manage the land in order to protect the water we need.


Greg Booth and Vickie Kettlewell own and operate the ranch started by Vickie’s parents in 1950. Sunup Ranch is an Angus cow/calf operation and an American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Legacy Breeder and Ranching Heritage Breeder. Vickie explains “We use our horses to help manage the cattle, moving the herd through pastures, gathering and vaccinating calves, checking fences and water. This also provides valuable training for the horses. “


Join us at the Harvest Dinner to celebrate local producers and recognize that water truly does connect us all. The event features a guest speaker, live demonstrations, horse-drawn wagon rides and live music with Hans Blix and the Weapons Inspectors.


Dinner is served chuckwagon style and includes rancher/Farm Bureau member Mike Sams preparing prime rib; catering by Kim Gibbs from KC's Saloon in Pillager; and local produce from Grampa G's garden in Pillager. The event also includes local brew and wine tasting sponsored by Cash Wise Liquors.


The featured speaker, John Strauser, will talk about “Root Causes”, how vital grasslands are key to sustainable farms, vibrant communities, and clean water. Learn more at www.grasslandag.org.


For information or to order tickets, contact Greg Booth at 218-838-1266; Ron Meyer, Pine River Watershed, at 218-831-0509; or Cass County Farm Bureau at 218-929-7850. $45 for adults, $15 for children 15 and under.


This event is sponsored by Cass County Farm Bureau, Whitefish Area Property Owners Association, Pine River Watershed Alliance, Central Chapter of the Sustainable Farming Association, Happy Dancing Turtle, Crow Wing River Basin Forage Council, Minnesota Beef Council, Cash Wise Liquor, Farm Bureau Foundation, Rocking K Ranch, Y4 Ranch, Flying W Ranch, and Sunup Ranch.


Pine River Watershed Alliance (www.prwa.us) thanks Greg and Vickie for all the work to prepare for the event and sharing your land with the community. PRWA also appreciates the community support for local producers.


The Pine River Watershed Alliance (www.PRWA.us ) is a citizen-led volunteer organization that works with local units of government and other agencies to preserve and protect the local environment while meeting resident needs for economic development and a healthy community. PRWA sponsors a website to provide tips on how to protect water quality and shoreline at www.landandwaters.org.


Photo Credit: Vickie Kettlewell

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