This year, Eli’s had the opportunity to participate in the great days in Illinois Agriculture; Ag Day at the Illinois State Fair and on Saturday, November 4th, Salute to Ag Day at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
Football Game. The opponent for the day–#1 Rated Ohio State University
The scoreboard at Memorial Stadium welcomed the participants for Ag Day. The tag line for Illinois Agriculture was shown on the scoreboard “Your Town, Our State, The World” in recognition of the global profile of the Illinois
Guests at the Salute to Ag Luncheon before the game were welcomed by University of Illinois President Joseph White. Other speakers included Chancellor Richard Herman, Dean Robert Easter, and Illinois Secretary
of Agriculture Chuck Hartke.
The emcee for the Salute to Ag Festivities was the Voice of Agriculture in Illinois and the United States, famed radio broadcaster, Orion Samuelson. Before heading home for the Radio Hall of Fame Gala (Orion was inducted in 2003), he took a picture with Eli’s Marc Schulman and Doug Wertheimer, the President of Wertheimer Box.
There were over 1,000 guests attending the Salute to Ag Lunch and they were treated with slices of Eli’s Cheesecakes, Brownies, Cakes and other Specialty Desserts.
The Salute to Ag Luncheon was followed by a relatively close football game that was won by Ohio Score with a score of 17 to 10. The prize for winning the game is the Illibuck Trophy that originated in 1925 with an actual turtle that traveled back and forth between Columbus and Champaign Urbana. Later, a wooden replica replaced the turtle as the trophy.