Congressman David Valadao and Angie Avila of Kings Fair will be honored Friday at the 23rd Annual Jack Stone-Kings County Salute to Agriculture Banquet by the Lemoore Chamber of Commerce.
The event will take place at the Fialho Family Hangar in Lemoore where Congressman Valadao will receive the award for Agriculturist of the Year, and Avila for Ag Supporter of the Year.
Valadao was born and raised in Hanford, in the center of the agriculture industry for the 21st Congressional District.
“I want to thank the community for this honor, and my family for being with me and supporting me while I am away in Washington, and the congressional district for allowing me to serve my district and my country,” Valadao said.
He has been a lifelong resident of the Central Valley, and active in the agriculture and dairy industry. He has taken on leadership roles within the California Milk Advisory Board, the Western States Dairy Trade Association and was the regional leadership council chairman of Land O’Lakes, Inc.
Apart from his work and contributions in the ag and dairy industries, he has also worked with many local causes including the Children’s Hospital Central California, 4-H, Future Farmers of America, and various Catholic charities.
Valadao has received other awards including the Spirit of Enterprise award in 2014 and 2016.
“I think this one is geared towards my work in Washington and to have a local group like this take the time to recognize me is a huge honor,” Valadao said.
Alongside Valadao will be Avila, who has been employed by the Kings Fair for 30 years, and dedicated most of her life to promoting agriculture in Kings County by doing her part to increase awareness and educate residents on the benefits of agriculture. In addition to managing the daily operations of the fair, Avila volunteers with local 4-H and FFA chapters in addition to the Kings Junior Fair Board and Fair Foundation.
The banquet will start at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m. and the awards program right after at 8 p.m.
Sponsorship opportunities and reservations to decorate tables are being accepted. Inquiries and reservations for the event may be made by calling the Lemoore Chamber of Commerce. Reservations of made after Aug. 25 will be $85 per person, and tickets will not be available at the door.