NEWBERRY — The ambassadors Newberry Opera House gave tours to one of their biggest groups this past weekend: 150 members of the S.C. Young Farmer and Agribusiness Association who were on the 2014 South Carolina Young Farmer and Agribusiness Summer Tour.
“Last week we received a payment of $300, and with tickets being $2 a head, we did the math and figured out how many people would be apart of the tour and we realized how big the tour would actually be,” said Jim Livingston, ambassador to the Newberry Opera House.
SCYFAA is a state organization for out-of-school adults who are engaged in agriculture. It is also designed to aid interested adults through systematic and organized educational programs on agriculture and agribusiness.
SCYFAA has been touring areas in both Newberry and Saluda counties including Hickory Hill Milk, Watsonia Farms, Yon Family Farms, March Johnson House, Overbridge Farms, Enoree River Winery as well as the Opera House.
“Part of being agricultural education instructor is providing education the the community, and we wanted to show off what Newberry had to offer,” said Ashley Priester, agricultural education instructor at the Newberry County Career Center.
SCYFAA has broadened its tour location to include historic sites other than just farms for its wide range of members.
“Although the group is called young farmers, there is no age limit, and farmers come and bring their wives. We want to tour areas that interest everyone and keep them interested,” said Priester.
To help accommodate the SCYFAA, the Opera House ambassadors worked to make sure each group was not too overwhelming and everyone was able to receive the full extent of the tour.
“The group was broken up to 75 and 75, one tour happening at 10:30 and the other at 11:30, we then will break up that number to 25, split between three ambassadors,” said Livingston.
While the first 75 members of the group toured the Opera House, the other 75 went ahead and toured Emoree.
When the tour ended the SCYFAA members left having a memorable experience.
“The group really enjoyed the tour, they were very excited to see Willie Nelson’s signature in the elevator,” said Priester.