Dairyville honors Flournoy gal
Harvesting fun is what Saturday's Dairyville Orchard Festival is all about.
This is the 13th annual festival set among the beautiful backdrop of orchards in the Dairyville community and will be held at Lassen View Elementary School, 10818 Highway 99E.
Featuring delicious food, arts and crafts vendors, children's activities, an antique tractor and farm equipment show, authors' alley and live music, the festival opens at 10 a.m.
The Agriculture Commodities Store will be located in the center of the festival, where people can purchase fresh local agricultural products, such as walnuts, almonds, pecans, pistachio, dried plums, and more.
Raising funds for Dairyville Community scholarships is one of the main purposes of the festival and this year Nicki Humphrey, a 2002 Corning High School graduate, is the recipient of a $2,500 Dairyville Community Upper-Division Agricultural Studies recipient.
Formerly of Flournoy, Humphrey is attending Colorado State University where she is in her third year as a graduate student completing her doctorate in veterinary medicine degree. She is set to graduate in May.
Humphrey served as an officer in the Student Chapter of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners and in the Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
"Mature beyond her years and no stranger to life's adversity, Nicki is one of those rare individuals entering the veterinary field who effectively combines high intellectual capacity and scientific thinking with the real world, hands-on skills and ability," said Jay Tischendorf, DVM and Senior Professional Services Veterinarian for Novartis Animal Health, is a prepared statement.
In Humphrey's scholarship application essay she wrote, "I am confident agriculture in Tehama County will continue to be a major source of revenue. While the economy may affect several, if not all areas of agriculture, I believe the roots for the majority of the operations within the county run too deep to deter these producers from their way of life."
The second recipient of a $2,500 scholarship awarded by the Dairyville Community Club is Valerie George, a 2000 graduate of Red Bluff High School, who is attending Michigan State University working on her Masters Degree in Community Food and Agricultural Systems.