Agriculture and Natural Resources Banquet scheduled for March 3. 

January 30, 2022

Agriculture and Natural Resources Banquet scheduled for March 3.

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WEARE TOWNSHIP — Tickets are now on sale for the 15th Oceana Agriculture and Natural Resources Banquet, which will be held on Thursday, March 3 at the West Central Michigan Research Station, 5185 N. Oceana Dr. Tickets are $20 per person, which includes admission to the “Taste of Oceana” Reception.

Tickets can be purchased from members of the organizing committee: David Rabe, Leroy Glover, Norm Myers as well as being available at the Oceana Conservation District Office in Shelby and the MSU Extension Office in Hart.  Online purchase of tickets is also available this year by visiting the Oceana Conservation District website at, then click on events to find the banquet listing.

The evening will begin with the Taste of Oceana Social Hour beginning at 6 p.m. followed by the banquet.  The Taste of Oceana allows attendees to sample food products grown or processed in the Oceana County area.   The organizing committee is currently looking for area businesses that would like to share their signature creations with those in attendance.  Space is limited to eight exhibitors.  Deadline to register for a space is Friday, February 18, 2022.  Taste of Oceana exhibitors are permitted to provide items for purchase.  Please contact the MSU Extension Office at 231-873-2129 for additional information on participating in the Taste of Oceana. 

The banquet will begin at 7 p.m. with a catered dinner prepared by Dave’s Kountry Kitchen of Rothbury.   

Following dinner, award presentations will be held to recognize conservation related achievements from the Oceana Conservation District. The Oceana Conservation District will hold a brief business meeting and an election for new board members as part of its annual meeting and give attendees an update on the activities that are taking place within the Conservation District.  The award presentations will conclude with the awarding of the 2022 Friend of Oceana Agricultural Industry Award.  

This year’s entertainment will be the comedy of Dwayne Gill.  Gill is a former marine, a police officer, and a comic. Feeling his career as a state trooper was way too serious for someone considered funny since birth, Gill found an outlet for his humor when he first stepped onto a comedy stage at the Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase in 1993. After only two performances, he joined the ranks of professional comedians with his first paid booking at Gadzooks Comedy Club.  Gill’s topics range from current events, men, and women relationships to the crazy situations he’s encountered as a police officer. Dwayne has shared the stage with the late Louis Anderson, Tim Allen and has opened for Aretha Franklin.  

There will be door prize drawings throughout the evening. If any businesses or organizations are interested in supporting this year’s event, contact the Oceana Conservation District or the MSU Extension Office.   

Seating is limited. There will be no ticket sales at the door.  For further information on the Oceana Agriculture and Natural Resources Banquet, you can call either the Oceana Conservation District at 861-5600 or the Oceana MSU Extension Office in Hart at 873-2129.

The banquet was last held in 2019. 

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