By John L. Ross / Staff Writer
Farming and industry — that’s part of the backbone and history of most areas of southeastern Kentucky.
And Laurel County has that to boast.
Approximately 50 people took the opportunity Thursday to participate in the Laurel County Kiwanis Farm/Industry Tour.
The tour kicked off at E & B Farms on Highway 578 in East Bernstadt, owned by Elmer and Bonnie Day, who were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.
In a handout, the Days explain they have been raising beef cattle since 1972, and since 2002, have been involved with Registered Black Angus.
Brian Martin and Kim Smith, neighbors to the Days, led the walking tour of the farm.
The first part of the tour led the group through the “new” barn. Glenn Williams, who also spoke about the farm during the tour, said the new barn came after the tornado last year damaged the old building.
The Days boast in their handout that their animals are “treated humanely at all times.”
“Our operation has grown but is still small,” they state. “We have on primary goal — to provide quality cattle at affordable prices.”
The next stop in the tour was to Line-X of London, located on North Somerset Road.
Line-X provides auto and truck accessories, including wheels and tires, hitches and towing accessories, and more.
Owned by Stephen Dunagan, his mother, Linda Dunagan, hosted the tour for the day, as did several employees.
The showroom offers customers a glimpse into some of what this business can do for their vehicles.
After leaving there, those in the tour drove on to Pinekrest Farm, owned by Lanny and Penny Greer.
The farm is off of Highway 25 on Filter Plant Road.
Lanny Greer explained the horse farm is managed by his son, Josh Greer.
The large property offers plenty of room for horses to raise their young. Tour participants were able to view several of the horses both in the fields and in the stalls.
Josh Greer brought out a 2-year-old Hackney filly in a showing area, as well as a yearling. Lanny Greer told the tour group his son also was the horse trainer for the farm.
From there the group drove to Visone Auto Sales, on Fields Lane in East Bernstadt.
Not only does this business include an auto body shop but it is also a recreational vehicle dealership.
Beyond that, the company also offers many other popular recreational items, including ATVs, boats, and motorcycles.
For the emergency crews and other industries, they have fire trucks and other heavy equipment available.
The tour ended with a sit-down meal and cake auction at the Harvest Time Penecostal Church on Old Hare Road.