Gaines County Shows Appreciation to Oil, Agriculture Industry

Gaines County Shows Appreciation to Oil, Agriculture Industry

By: Alexa Williams

NewsWest 9

GAINES COUNTY- Seminole is showing some appreciation to their roots with their annual Oil and Agriculture Appreciation Day. Thousands of people went out to their biggest event of the year.

"We're celebrating our two leading industries in Gaines County, our agriculture and oil," Seminole Chamber of Commerce President, Shelby Concotelli, said.

Every year on the third Thursday of September, the community comes together to honor where they came from. The event takes months to plan and runs solely on contributions.

"The great thing about this is that it's all done by donations and volunteers," Candy Boyer, Seminole Chamber of Commerce Administrative Director, said.

"It takes about $10,000 to pull off and we have well exceeded that," Concotelli said.

The appreciation day is also educational for the kids, over 400 fourth graders in Gaines County came out to learn about the city they're growing up in.

"They're put into little small groups and different industrial entities set up demonstration stations. They're all around the park, everything to do with agriculture or oil. We want the kids to know about where they come from," Boyer said.

But when all is said and done, the entire event is for one purpose.

"To honor our age and oil people because that's what Seminole is, the Ag community and the oil community. This is our way of saying thank you for giving back to our community," Resident, Cheryl Gandy, said.