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Master Gardener Celebration for River Valley MG 25th Birthday

August 18, 2016

Some people know how to throw a party! The River Valley group has been in existence 25 of the 28 years of the Arkansas MG program. This group has members from several surrounding counties, but mainly Sebastian (Ft. Smith) and Crawford (Van Buren) counties.  Tonight at their monthly meeting, they honored all the MGs with a cake decorating and best tasting cake contest.  


There were so many clever cakes, and after judging the best decorated, everyone got to sample and vote for best tasting. This one by Diane Parker won for best decorated. 


And Mary Smith’s carrot cake won best tasting. 


Before the sugar high I presented a program on the MG program. After a brief business meeting we then sampled cake.  

A plaque and a Gingko tree were presented to MG of the Year Susan Randolph. We all went outside to take pictures


The sun was shining, low humidity and temps in the upper 70’s–in Arkansas, in August! Truly hard to believe. It was a great night to be outside. 


We went back inside for a few more announcements and a game of garden jeopardy. I found the program and made the game, but I neede the internet. I got a cable fro a co-worker and it worked like a charm. It was great fun, with some highly intelligent gardeners! 

The blue team won! Tomorrow morning some of us will be back at the learning fields for our first overall planning committee for 2018. 

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