Singles in Agriculture to gather in Chatfield

Event planned Aug. 31-Sept. 2

By Janet Kubat Willette

ELLSWORTH, Wis. -- Singles will be gathering in Chatfield over the Labor Day weekend.

Singles in Agriculture, a social group for singles who have a connection to farming, will hold a monthly meeting Aug. 30-Sept. 2 in Chatfield. The gathering is being called the "End of Summer Blast."


On Aug. 30, the group will have a meal and socialize.

The group will tour Mystery Cave and Forestville State Park, and visit the museum in Fountain on Aug. 31. That evening there will be a catered meal and dance at the Val-A-Lodge in Chatfield.

On Sept. 1, there will be time for golf, a potluck lunch at the park in Chatfield and canoeing down the scenic Root River beginning in Lanesboro.

In the evening, there's a singles' dance that is open to the public at the lodge.

On Sept. 2, the Singles in Agriculture share breakfast and then say good-bye.

The Northern Great Plains Chapter, which attracts members from Minnesota and North and South Dakota, has met in Chatfield the past four or five years, said Janeane Johnson of Ellsworth, an event organizer. Johnson grew up on an Ellsworth dairy farm and now works in the Twin Cities.

She joined the organization five years ago to meet people. She doesn't go to bars and works a lot of hours during the week, so it was difficult to meet new people. And those she met often didn't want to talk about the crop or livestock markets.

Now, she has "many, many wonderful friends that I wouldn't have met if I didn't join this."


Singles in Agriculture was started 18 years ago and has grown to include 17 chapters in the United States and one in Canada.

"Its purpose is for single people with farm backgrounds to meet and socialize," Johnson said. "It's a social organization."

The group attracts people age 30 and older, she said, but is open to singles of all ages.

Nearly 80 people have already registered for the End of Summer Blast in Chatfield, Johnson said, and the event typically attracts 60 to 100 people from throughout Minnesota, the Dakotas, Iowa and Wisconsin.

The Northern Great Plains Chapter meets monthly in a different part of the region. Iowa and Wisconsin have their own Singles in Agriculture chapters.

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