Locals join to bless combines ahead of harvest season

We may still be in the dog days of summer, but in Snow Hill some are already thinking about this season's harvest.  Saturday, the harvest was on everyone's minds as local farmers rode their combines into the town for the annual blessing.

For the twentieth year local farmers paraded their combines across the Pocomoke River into Snow Hill for the annual Blessing of the Combines.

Combines are giant versatile machines designed to efficiently harvest a number of grain crops.

This event began as a way to thank local farmers with hopes of bringing a fruitful harvest.

"We're coming up to the fall and it's a time for us to say thank you to our area farmers, our local farm families, and put a plug in to hope for a good harvest," said Diana Nolte, a member of the steering committee for the blessing.

Not only do attendees of the event hope that there will be a good harvest this fall, but it also serves to educate people about Delmarva's most important industry, agriculture.

"You would be amazed at how many people don't know where corn comes from or how do farmers actually harvest it and here they can actually get up on the combines and talk to the farmers," said Becky Payne, the event's chairperson.

"Ag is the biggest industry in Worcester County, so that's what it's all about.  Celebrating the agricultural industry of Worcester County," said Snow Hill's director of economic development Michael Day.

When the event began two decades ago, Snow Hill saw about 500 visitors.  Now, the town sees more than 3,000 folks along its Main Street, not only to watch the combines go by, but also to shop in stores, and for some, to get their first taste of what Snow Hill has to offer.

"It brings a lot of people in to town, it brings people from the resort areas that have not been here.  They see it advertised, they'll come over and hopefully they'll be repeat visitors," said Day.

This event takes place on the first Saturday of August each year.  If you are interested in attending, go ahead and mark your calendar down for August 3, 2019.

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