NAPLES — Tickets are on sale now for the 66th Annual Farm-City Barbecue, which will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 22 at the Collier County Fairgrounds, 751 39th Ave. NE, Naples. Held for more than 65 years and attracting 3,000 local business leaders and farm families, this event features elected officials working as “celebrity servers” handing out steak, corn, and Immokalee salad that includes locally-grown tomatoes, green peppers, cucumbers, squash and eggplant.
Country musician Maggie Baugh, originally from Boca Raton and now living in Nashville, will perform the national anthem at 11:45 a.m. and three sets during the event. In addition, 4H volunteers will sell bags of fresh local produce donated by Lipman Family Farms for $10 each, and a Christmas tree vendor will be open. Silent auction items such as a Big Green Egg will be available for bidding at the event and continue online through Nov. 27. Beer, wine, soft drinks and water are included. Forks are provided but guests are encouraged to bring a steak knife. Dress is country casual. Sen. Kathleen Passidomo is honorary chair and Russell Budd is chair of the fundraiser that benefits local youth programs at Collier County 4H Association, Collier County Junior Deputies League, the Immokalee Foundation, Kiwanis’ Key Clubs, and Youth Leadership Collier. For tickets go to farmcitybbq.com or call 239-262-0015.
Confirmed celebrity servers include: Sen. Kathleen Passidomo, Farm City BBQ 2023 Honorary Chair; Collier County Commission Chairman Rick LoCastro and Commissioners Chris Hall, Dan Kowal and Burt Saunders; Collier County School Board Chair Kelly Lichter and school board member Jerry Rutherford; Sheriff Kevin Rambosk; Clerk of Courts Crystal Kinzel; Tax Collector Rob Stoneburner; Supervisor of Elections Melissa Blazier; and Sandra Lee Buxton, treasurer of the Collier Mosquito Control District.
Sponsors include: Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee as title sponsor; Naples Lumber as bar sponsor; The Immokalee Foundation as gate sponsor; Lipman Family Farms as salad sponsor; PBS Contractors as grill sponsor; and Arthrex and Coleman Yovanovich Koester at the cattle baron level sponsor. At the Florida Farmers level are Ave Maria Development, Brian Glaeser State Farm, Colemen Hazzard Taylor & Diaz P.A., Dragon Horse Agency, Naples Airport Authority, and Q. Grady Minor & Associates. P.A. At the Ranch Hands level are BMO Wealth Management and EK Consulting, Inc. Media sponsors are Naples Daily News and Life in Naples.
Maggie Baugh’s viral singles “Think About Me” and “Drinking to the Broken Hearts” gained her entry into the Spotify Million Plus Club. In addition to being added to multiple editorial playlists, including a #1 song on Spotify’s “Fresh Finds” Country Best of 2021” end of year wrap, the Nashville music industry is showing its enthusiasm for her independent success. Her social media prowess is immense and her TikTok series “Finish the Lick”, that shows off her proficiency on multiple instruments, has garnered her more the 40+ million views. Maggie is a well sought-after touring musician and was recently on the road with Country Acapella group “Home Free” as acoustic support, while also touring festivals as a headlining act herself. She recently played the famous Ryman Auditorium as a special guest for Home Free. Releasing hit singles already, Maggie has co-produced, engineered and recorded her debut album “Dear Me” which is slated to release October 13.