Congressman, Kings Fair manager to earn agriculture awards from Lemoore Chamber

By The Leader Staff
Representative David Valadao
Representative David Valadao

The Lemoore Chamber of Commerce announced this week that local Congressman David Valadao and Kings Fair Manager Angie Avila are this year’s honorees at the 23rd Annual Jack Stone-Kings County Salute to Agriculture Banquet.

The Lemoore Chamber of Commerce hosts the event on Friday, September 8, 2017, at the Fialho Family Hangar in Lemoore. Congressman Valadao is the 2017 Agriculturalist of the Year. The Ag Supporter of the Year will go to Angie Avila of Kings Fair.

Valadao, a three-term representative, was born and raised in the Valley. He represents California’s agriculturally rich 21st Congressional District. As a lifelong resident of the Central Valley, he has been active in agriculture and dairy industry groups, as well as many local causes including Children’s Hospital Central California, 4-H, Future Farmers of America, and various Catholic charities.

Congressman, Kings Fair manager to earn agriculture awards from Lemoore Chamber

Intimately involved in the dairy industry, Valadao has taken on leadership roles within the California Milk Advisory Board and the Western States Dairy Trade Association. He was the Regional Leadership Council Chairman for Land O’ Lakes, Inc.

Valadao is being honored for his contributions and leadership to the dairy industry and Kings County. With his current common-sense approach, he has made a significant and positive difference to the health and welfare of agriculture and Kings County in general. His simple, non-egotistical approach is refreshing in this very confrontational time in our nation’s history.

Angie Avila was born into a dairy family and raised her family with an appreciation for agriculture. Employed by the Kings Fair for 30 years Angie has dedicated much of her life to promoting agriculture in Kings County and did her part to increase awareness and educate Kings County to the benefits of agriculture.

In addition to managing the daily operations of the Kings Fair, Angie works with and often volunteers with local 4-H and FFA chapters in addition to the Kings Junior Fair Board and Fair Foundation.

Congressman, Kings Fair manager to earn agriculture awards from Lemoore Chamber

In addition to honoring this year’s Agriculturalist and Ag Supporter, the evening will include a hosted social, hors d’oeuvres and dinner. Socializing begins at 6 p.m.; dinner will be served at 7 p.m., followed by the awards program at 8 p.m.

Sponsorship opportunities and reservations to decorate tables are available. Inquiries and reservations for the event may be made by calling the Lemoore Chamber at 559-924-6401. Paid reservations received by August 25 are $75/each or a table for 8 for $500. Reservations made after August 25 will be $85 per person. Tickets will not be available at the door.

For more information about the event, please contact Brenda Martin at 559-924-6401, or via email at

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