Arkansas County Agricultural Agents Association members and their families gathered Thursday night at the Carlisle Civic Center for the organization’s annual banquet and awards program.
About 100 guests arrived to enjoy a multi-course meal of salad, steak, steamed vegetables and a baked sweet potato, with chocolate cake and strawberries for desert. Lonoke County 4-H youth provided service for the meal.
Youth from the 4-H Club put on a talent show as guests savored their meal. Musical acts were a key part of the talent show, with many performers singing, dancing or playing an instrument, such as the piano, guitar or violin.
Guests were moved to a standing ovation after sisters Hope, Harmony and Halo Skinner of Jacksonville performed as a trio for the show’s finale. The girls — ages 7, 8 and 12, respectfully — performed by "Canon in D Major" by Johann Pachelbel.
An awards ceremony followed the talent show, and guests lingered well into the evening for the live and silent auction. Proceeds from the auction benefit the ACAAA scholarship fund.
The banquet was the culmination of the annual state meeting, a three-day event in which ACAAA members from around the state come together each year to discuss ideas, hear updates and take advantage of the opportunity to meet with each other face-to-face. Many of the organization’s members are county extension agents through the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, spread in counties throughout the state.