Corn raised in Perkins County was used to help decorate Ag PhD’s “Salute to Farmers” float in the 129th Rose Parade in Pasadena, California, held Jan. 1, 2018.
Stars featuring corn locally grown in Perkins County adorned the “Salute to Farmers” float during the 2018 Rose Parade.
Perkins County corn featured in Rose Parade
The Tournament of Roses is a tradition that millions come together to enjoy every year with the Rose Bowl and Rose Parade making their way onto televisions across the world on New Year’s Day.
This year, Pasadena, California resident, Marla Borowski, formally of Perkins County, completed her 19th parade as a volunteer for the Tournament of Roses Association.
This association is made up of 935 volunteers that put in more than 80,000 hours of manpower to make the Tournament of Roses possible.
When asked about her years of service, Borowski explained how the Tournament of Roses Association was recommended to her as a great way to give back to the community and she’s been a part of it ever since.
This year, the 129th Rose Parade had another special tie to Perkins County, thanks to Borowski.
As part of the association that puts on the parade, Borowski was alerted early that Ag PhD TV & Radio would be one of 18 commercial floats in this year’s parade with their “Salute to Farmers” themed float.
Having an ag background, she knew the name and immediately got on their website to discover Ag PhD was seeking seeds from all 50 states and thousands of farms across the country to help them decorate their float.
Borowski explains, “as a 19-year Tournament of Roses volunteer, with Nebraska farming roots, I wanted to be a part of that!”
Borowski then contacted Ashley Colglazier, who farms the land Borowski owns south of Brandon, one mile north of the Chase County line. She and brother Tyler Hughes and the team at H&R Farms were on board and happy to help.
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