2018-08-12 / Community View

Jim Riehl’s Friendly hosts first-ever Farmer Appreciation Day



(Left) Eddie Fahley and Brian Kinzer of Helena were among the many vendors on site at Farmer Appreciation Day. The event was hosted by Jim Riehl’s Friendly as a way to publicly thank the farmers from the Lapeer Community and beyond. (Left) Eddie Fahley and Brian Kinzer of Helena were among the many vendors on site at Farmer Appreciation Day. The event was hosted by Jim Riehl’s Friendly as a way to publicly thank the farmers from the Lapeer Community and beyond.

Audrey Schapman of Almont, Katie Szukala of Lapeer, Hannah Newsom of Lapeer, and Eva Duckert of Almont (center) volunteered at the first-ever Farmer Appreciation Day, held at Jim Riehl’s Friendly Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram on Aug. 7. 
Photos by Alex Petrie Audrey Schapman of Almont, Katie Szukala of Lapeer, Hannah Newsom of Lapeer, and Eva Duckert of Almont (center) volunteered at the first-ever Farmer Appreciation Day, held at Jim Riehl’s Friendly Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram on Aug. 7. Photos by Alex Petrie

Katie Theil, Michigan Farm Bureau’s field crops specialist, was one of several speakers at the first Farmer Appreciation Day. Thiel works to develop relationships and collaborate with stakeholder organizations to help address issues impacting the field crops sector. To her right, Pat Driscoll, who leads the RAM Certified Ag Program and the Michigan Agriculture Information Network statewide, served as the event’s emcee. Katie Theil, Michigan Farm Bureau’s field crops specialist, was one of several speakers at the first Farmer Appreciation Day. Thiel works to develop relationships and collaborate with stakeholder organizations to help address issues impacting the field crops sector. To her right, Pat Driscoll, who leads the RAM Certified Ag Program and the Michigan Agriculture Information Network statewide, served as the event’s emcee.

From left, Marnie Walker, Dane Walker, Michelle Walker and Elijah Walker of Imlay Township came out to enjoy the family-friendly fun, vendors and activities at Farmer Appreciation Day. From left, Marnie Walker, Dane Walker, Michelle Walker and Elijah Walker of Imlay Township came out to enjoy the family-friendly fun, vendors and activities at Farmer Appreciation Day.

Sarah, 7, and Laura Clark, 4, enjoyed all the fun games and kid-centric activities at Farmer Appreciation Day. A number of vendors and booths offered games and prizes to visitors and the Youth Education Tent featured story time with ag-accurate books plus ag crafts and activities. Sarah, 7, and Laura Clark, 4, enjoyed all the fun games and kid-centric activities at Farmer Appreciation Day. A number of vendors and booths offered games and prizes to visitors and the Youth Education Tent featured story time with ag-accurate books plus ag crafts and activities.

Steve McLachlan of Ditch With demonstrated how one of his mini skid steers works at his booth among the many vendors in attendance. Steve McLachlan of Ditch With demonstrated how one of his mini skid steers works at his booth among the many vendors in attendance.

Terri Harwood of Metamora and Wayne Hunt of North Branch stopped for a photo while perusing the vendor booths at Farmer Appreciation Day on Aug. 7. Terri Harwood of Metamora and Wayne Hunt of North Branch stopped for a photo while perusing the vendor booths at Farmer Appreciation Day on Aug. 7.

Used Car Manager Tom Patten and General Manager Bob Riehl walked through the hundreds of guests and vendors at the first-ever Farmer Appreciation Day, held at Jim Riehl’s Friendly Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram on Aug. 7. Used Car Manager Tom Patten and General Manager Bob Riehl walked through the hundreds of guests and vendors at the first-ever Farmer Appreciation Day, held at Jim Riehl’s Friendly Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram on Aug. 7.

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