How you can support Montana’s largest Industry and the people who work tirelessly for you?
The Billings Chamber of Commerce hosts an Ag Appreciation Celebration every January, where we honor Montana’s largest industry and the people who work tirelessly to provide us with food and clothing. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 and to ensure the safety of the Billings community, we have moved this one night celebration to a week-long one from January 24th – 30th!
The Billings Chamber is excited to announce its first ever, Ag Celebration Week, presented by Yellowstone Valley Electric Cooperative, focusing on awareness and appreciation of the region’s number one industry, agriculture. This week offers insight into how the agriculture industry affects our daily lives and celebrates the community that works tirelessly to provide us with fabulous food and clothing. It’s about education, admiration and gratitude for the area’s farmers, ranchers, and consumers as well as agri-business and agri-business research representatives.
Learn how to engage with the Billings Chamber, win prizes, learn more about the Ag industry, and support the area’s many Ag Industry businesses. And follow our host, Aaron Flint, agriculture advocate and host of the radio talk show “Montana Talks”, as he guides our awareness of this essential industry.
Chamber Member Spotlights
Throughout the week we will be highlighting 14 Chamber Member businesses that are a part of the Ag industry. You will learn what they do, what they offer, and how you can support them. They will be listed on our Ag Celebration Week Card, and visiting these businesses will provide you with the opportunity to win a prize bundle!
Ag Celebration Week Card
The Ag Industry impacts our day to day more than we may realize. We have created an engaging opportunity to support these businesses while being entered in to win a grand prize bundle.
How are you entered in to win? Download your gamecard, and then visit five of the businesses listed for one entry and visit ten businesses for two entries. If you visit all the businesses listed, you will earn three entries to win! No purchase is necessary when visiting the businesses. Be sure to have an employee sign your card and email the completed card to firstname.lastname@example.org by end of business on Monday, February 1st. We will go live on Facebook to draw the winner on Tuesday, February 2nd.
Follow Charlie and Russel as they Explore Billings
Yellowstone County Museum is home to Charlie and Russel, the two-headed calf. You can visit the museum to learn more as well as purchase your own plush version of Charlie and Russel. Throughout the week you can follow Charlie and Russel as they visit local businesses that support the Ag industry. If you guess where they are, you could win a gift card! And if you go one step further and visit the business in person, you will be entered to win the prize bundle.
Experience Ag Around the Table Series
The restaurant industry directly supports the Ag Industry. This week the Chamber will be interviewing and cooking alongside some of the best chefs in Billings for the “Experience Ag Around the Table Series”. Learn where these restaurants source their meat and produce and how they prepare their amazing dishes. Visit BillingsChamber.com to watch, learn, and cook with four amazing local chefs. Don’t forget to order carry out from them for Carry Out Wednesday!
Carry Out Wednesday
The Chamber is excited to interview Dave Kelsey, local rancher and agriculture advocate, who will discuss the importance of the farm to table experience. Be sure to check Facebook to learn more about the importance of these producers.
Then give yourself a break and let our local restaurants do the cooking for you! Check out our list of restaurants and order carry out. Remember to fill them in on your gamecard to be entered to win the grand prize drawing.
Fun Facts about the Ag Industry
A major part of Ag Celebration Week is to raise awareness and educate residents on this amazing industry. Every day there will be posts on the Billings Chamber’s social channels as they shed some light on all the ag industry offers!
Interviews with Local Agriculture Advocates
Tune in to the Billings Chamber social channels to listen to Aaron Flint and Chamber Staff interview different Ag Industry influencers and members. Learn how these influencers have impacted you and our community over the years.
Interviews with Announcers at KGHL
Tune into KGHL (AM790 and 94.7FM) to hear announcers Nick Tyler, Josh Rath, and Taylor Brown interview Ag Celebration Week Sponsors, our current Ag Excellence Award winner, and past Ag Excellence Award winners.
The Billings Chamber is excited to have you be a part of this exciting week-long celebration with something for everyone! Don’t miss out on the opportunity to learn, engage, win prizes, and show appreciation for this incredible industry and its people.
If you are looking for ways to be involved, please email Alyssa@billingschamber.com.
See you January 24th – 30th!
Special thanks to our generous Ag Celebration Week Sponsors: