MLBA recognizes Ag Parade founder, Sue Tebow, with Grand Marshal honor. Moses Lake is proud of its location in the heartland of the Northwest’s most diversified agricultural region. The Moses Lake Business Association is recognizing one of the original founder’s of the Ag Parade, Sue Tebow with the Grand Marshal honor.
The Moses Lake Agricultural Appreciation Parade pays tribute to Moses Lake’s agricultural heritage…past, present and future! Those that participate light up their farm equipment or float, saddle up the horses, and bring everything down to Third Avenue downtown. Along with the parade is a street party featuring many local organizations.
“It feels like my involvement in promoting agriculture has come full circle. Starting the Ag parade back on December 1, 1995 and now the Grand Marshal on December 1, 2017.” said Sue.
Sue Tebow, a farmer herself, knows firsthand the hard work and honest sweat that comes with the culture of this rural lifestyle. Alongside her husband, Ron Tebow, they own TBO Cattle Company, a cow/calf operation in Moses Lake, as well as growing and putting up hay.
Sue also honors her rural roots by her Facebook page, agri.CULTURE. Since its onset, in April of 2016, the Facebook page has reached 50k people, with over 9k followers. The page has a 5.0 star rating and numerous enthusiastically positive reviews. These numbers grow every day. As well, Sue’s project has gained the attention of the media. At the 2017 Washington/Oregon Potato Conference, Sue was approached by the Washington Agriculture Network for a radio interview. The Washington State Department of Agriculture, likewise, asked permission to share agri.CULTURE on their website and social media.
Sue has been diligent in her desire to reach the general public with the accuracy of real life in agriculture. She has taken her camera and project into different cultures, such as the Hutterian Colony in Eastern Washington. They were eager to shared their customs and had fun doing so. It was very well received by readers. The Future Farmers of America were featured in February..
People who have been interviewed are grateful. Who better to tell farmer/rancher stories than the farmer/rancher themselves? It is a chance for these hard-working people to share their life. Sue believes facts will never move the human heart like storytelling can. So, she continues to weave story after story into her day to share an experience someone had that may be an inspiration or education to someone else.
There have been over 450 people featured. Sue features a person every day of the week. The Agriculture Council of America (ACA) has named Sue Tebow, agri.CULTURE, Moses Lake, Washington, the Charles Eastin Award Recipient for 2017. This award honors an individual who stands out as an advocate for accurate communications between rural and urban audiences. The award was presented at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on National Ag Day, March 21, 2017. Moses Lake Chamber of Commerce named Sue Tebow, agri.CULTURE “Excellence in Agriculture Service Award 2017.
The Agricultural Parade & Street Party features entertainment in Sinkiuse Square from 5 – 7 pm, downtown merchants will be open late for holiday shoppers, and of course the main event is the lighted parade which starts at 7pm and travels from the Surf ‘N Slide Waterpark down Cedar to Third Avenue to Division Street and then to Fourth and back to the starting point. Dale Roth will be the official emcee for the event.
Michaelle Boetger, Executive Director for the Moses Lake Business Association, says “When we found out that Sue Tebow was one of the founders of the Ag Parade and knowing how she honors agriculture with her Facebook page, bringing the faces of agriculture to the forefront, we knew she was the perfect person to honor with Grand Marshall status in our 23rd Annual Parade. Sue is what our community is all about and why we honor our agriculture roots. Congratulations, Sue!”
The Moses Lake Business Association (MLBA) is a non-profit organization formed in 1993 by interested Moses Lake citizens. The purpose of the organization is to stimulate economic development in the Moses Lake business district and to promote the area as an exciting place to live, shop, work and play. MLBA’s goal is to improve the economic development of the Moses Lake business community through organization, promotion, design, and economic vitality. We are here to support our downtown shopping district and our community.
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