About the Fundraiser
Citrus Expo has been a proud supporter of the Florida FFA for nearly seven years. Every year, Citrus Expo invites the newly elected officers to participate in the show. This is the officers’ only opportunity to interact with the citrus industry. With this in mind, we try to give something back to the kids by hosting an FFA fundraiser and encouraging everyone at Citrus Expo to participate. This year, being the silver anniversary of Citrus Expo, we wanted to celebrate by hosting a party for everyone who has helped make Citrus Expo great over the last 25 years. To add to the festivity, we decided to partner this party, dubbed the Citrus Expo Shindig, with our annual Florida FFA fundraiser. The fundraiser will consist of a raffle with multiple prizes donated by different businesses across the state. Tickets can be purchased online in advance or on August 17 at Citrus Expo. The tickets can be entered at the Citrus Expo Shindig for whichever prize you choose. You must be present to win, and tickets are $10 each. Descriptions of the prizes are listed below:
Donated By: Hays LTIThis smoker will be the perfect addition to your next cookout. With the double-rack cooking area, you’re sure to be able to feed all your friends and family. The smoker also has a firebox for indirect heat to ensure quality smoking. The Backyard Smoker can also be towed behind your truck, so you can take it with you wherever you decide to barbecue.
Lucky Too III Fishing Charter
Donated By: ContainerPalFull-day fishing charter on the Lucky Too III boat, a 37’ Bertram, deep-V hulled, convertible powered with twin Cummins 480 hp diesel engines. Licensed and insured to accommodate up to six people. The prize includes bait, ice, tackle, rod/reel, fish cleaning, and instructions. See LuckyTooCharters.com. Captain Dave Zalewski has been fishing in the St. Pete area since 1962 and has been featured in Saltwater Sportsman magazine, Florida Sportsman and the St. Petersburg Times. Captain Paul Tedrick (usually on board to assist Captain Zalewski) fishes out of John’s Pass on Madeira Beach, just west of St. Pete in the Tampa Bay area. He has over 35 years providing world-class fishing.
Citrus Drone Service Package
Donated By: Altavian, Inc.Find out what’s bugging your crops! Commercial UAV manufacturer, Altavian, will fly 50 to 80 acres of your farm and help you better understand your crops using aerial data. The grower has the option of either a set of color Orthomosaic, DSM and Point Cloud of the area or a set of Infrared Orthomosaic, DSM, Point Cloud and NDVI. Data product is limited to one flight of the Nova F7200 fixed-wing UAV, scheduled within a three-week window. Standard Federal Aviation Administration approvals will apply.
Sporting Clays and Deluxe Lunch
Donated By: Certis USAEnjoy a great day of clay shooting for four people in the beautiful wooded landscape at a world-class facility. This Quail Creek Plantation package includes a round of sporting clays, cart, two gun rentals, 16 boxes of shells and a deluxe lunch.
University of Florida Homecoming Weekend Package
Donated By: University Athletic Association, Inc. and AgNet Media, Inc.Two-night (October 14-15, 2016) stay at the University of Florida Hilton and two tickets (Section 38, Row 22) to the homecoming game against University of Missouri. These seats are 22 rows up from the field (near the 45-yard line) with an incredible view! This is a tie-in to the Agriculture and Gardening Day at the University of Florida’s homecoming football game on October 15, 2016, which will bring many producers, ag leaders and industry representatives to this special game weekend. UF is offering great single- and group-ticket discounts for anyone connected with agriculture for this year’s homecoming game, to recognize the state’s producers and agriculture industries. Winners of this prize will join many of their farming neighbors and friends in Gainesville for fun and tailgating fellowship before and during the game, for what is sure to be another classic Southeast Conference matchup. Tickets to the 2016 Agriculture and Gardening Day can also be purchased here.
Okeechobee Pioneer Ranch Experience with Gator Hunt Opportunity
Donated By: Keith Pearce, Pearce Ranch and www.OsceolaHunts.comThis is a working Florida pioneer ranch that has been in the Pearce family in Okeechobee for five generations. The package includes an overnight stay for two people in a camper, steak cookout, gator hunt (if conditions and timing allow), a day at the ranch and a swamp buggy ride. Guests will be accompanied by the ranch owner/guide and an AgNet Media representative. The host will share interesting history of the property and the local area. Date of visit to be determined between guest and host. Private ranch gator tags allow year-round activity if gators are active. Offer good through July 2017, except for the period of February 17 to April 17, 2017.
Traeger Slow-Cooking, Pellet-Fired Grill
Donated By: AgNet Radio NetworksThis popular pellet grill is ideal for slow-cooking briskets, pork butts and other favorites and is simple to use. Just set the thermostat, fill the bin with smoking pellets and get ready to eat.
Wine Cabinet Stocked with Assorted California Wines
Donated By: Gary Cooper and Robin Loftin, owner/operators, AgNet Media, Inc.Particularly for wine lovers, primarily a variety of hard-to-find reds and whites from quality California vineyards, collected in recent years since establishing AgNet West radio network in the nation’s leading agriculture-producing state.