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35th Annual Celebration of Agriculture


35th Annual Celebration of Agriculture

Monday, March 27, 2023
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM

DoubleTree by Hilton
350 1st Avenue NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

On March 27, 2023, the 35th Annual Celebration of Agriculture event is taking place in Downtown Cedar Rapids at the DoubleTree by Hilton. Since 1987 we have hosted the event to honor those who are involved in all aspects of agribusiness and play a vital role in building and growing a dynamic agricultural industry. Each year this event brings nearly 700 attendees from across Eastern Iowa to enjoy an evening of networking, dinner and a keynote speaker.

This year we are excited to share the Celebration of Agriculture event will feature a keynote address from Richard Childress, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Richard Childress Racing (RCR) and NASCAR fame. He began his operation in 1969 as a one-man team and has since grown RCR into one of the most-respected organizations in NASCAR, with close to 400 team members supporting full-time operations in the NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series. Childress, and his career and contributions to the sport of NASCAR, were celebrated throughout the stock car racing community as he was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2017.

Mr. Childress’ history and impact throughout the racing industry is well known and quite impressive, but what you may not know is that Richard has deep ties within agriculture. He grew up on a tobacco farm in North Carolina, which has been the backbone of his passion for agriculture and wildlife conservation later in his life. Richard's ag based interests include a role in bringing ethanol into racing, he has been in the cattle business since 1984, managing his own corn and soybean row crops, making a name in the wine industry by establishing vineyards in North Carolina and most recently bringing Professional Bull Riding to the Carolinas with the Carolina Cowboys Event. We are excited to have this dynamic speaker who has had so many achievements throughout his life and continues to have a passion for things that bring him back to his rural North Carolina ag roots.

  • Reception with cash bar begins at 5:30pm
  • Dinner served at 7:00pm
  • Program begins at 8:00pm

Register by Tuesday, March 14, 2022 at 5 pm.

Please note: when registering multiple attendees or a table, you do not need to list each individual attendee in the attendees section of the registration page. The only thing to include in that section is if someone in your party has a dietary restriction. If there is no restriction, please scroll to the bottom of the page and click 'next' to get to the payment screen.