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Williamson Insurance Agency presents long time voice of agriculture, Orion "The Big O" Samuelson, to the Niswonger Performing Arts Center on Sunday, February 23 at 3:00 PM. Orion Samuelson is heard on WGN Radio, where he has served as Agribusiness Director since 1960. His life-long commitment to agriculture has been recognized by organizations in all segments of agri-business. In May of 2001, Orion was named a Laureate of the Lincoln Academy of Illinois and received the Lincoln Medal, the highest award bestowed by the state of Illinois. A week later the University of Illinois presented Orion with the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters. In January of 1998, the American Farm Bureau Federation honored Orion and Bob Dole with the AFBF Distinguished Service Award. At the 1997 Illinois State Fair, Governor Jim Edgar changed the name of the Junior Livestock Building to the Orion Samuelson Junior Livestock Building as a tribute to Orion’s nearly 4 decades of service to the agricultural youth of Illinois. In October of 1994, Orion was honored as “Man of the Year” by Heifer Project International on its 50th anniversary. He has received the National 4-H Alumni Award and the Honorary FFA American Farmer Degree and is an honorary member of Alpha Gamma Rho, the agriculture fraternity. Orion is the most recognized agricultural journalist in the industry, Samuelson has more than 60 years experience in broadcasting, more than 50 of those at Chicago's WGN.
TICKETS for the Sunday, February 23, 3:00 PM presentation are on sale now: $20 for adults / $10 for students. The Niswonger Box Office, located at 10700 SR 118 S, Van Wert, OH is open Noon - 4 PM, Monday through Friday. Tickets can also be purchased online 24 hours at www.NPACVW.org.
Orion Samuelson is presented by Williamson Insurance Agency and supporting sponsor, Ag Credit, Country Mortgages. The Speaker/Lecture Series at the Niswonger is underwritten in part by grants from The Paulding-Putnam Electric Cooperative, Walmart, and Midwest Electric, Inc.
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