Cotton Producers of Missouri meeting and fashion show set for Saturday

Thursday, March 16, 2017
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Cody Tucker

The 36th annual meeting for the Cotton Producers of Missouri is Saturday at the Opera House in Kennett, extending a tradition of gathering local farmers at the start of the growing season. The meeting includes a meal, speeches and a fashion show led by Peggy Cannon and Becky Harris.

Cannon says the fashion show includes area youth displaying USA-made clothing made of at least 50 percent cotton—a tangible benefit of just some of the the work done by local cotton producers every year.

Chris Porter, president of the Cotton Producers of Missouri, says the event will bring prominent and upcoming farmers to the area to discuss the issues and benefits facing farmers in the next year.

This year’s meeting will actually feature two speakers. The main speech will be given by Dr. Gary Adams of the National Cotton Council, in which he will detail his outlook for cotton production. The crowd will also hear from Gerrett Heil, a young student member of an FFA chapter in the Chillecothe area. Heil grew cotton as part of a project through FFA, and he’ll detail his experience at Saturday’s meeting.

The speeches will later make way for the fashion show, which usually features around 35 to 40 area girls modeling outfits. Ken Williams will provide music for the event, and it will be catered by Strawberry’s BBQ.

Doors open at the Opera House Saturday at 5:30 p.m. Food is served at 6:30 p.m., with speeches and the fashion show to follow.

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