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Topinka recognizes Gail's Pumpkin Patch

Comptroller salutes Beason business

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[August 18, 2012]  SPRINGFIELD -- State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka recently saluted Gail's Pumpkin Patch, rural Beason, and applauded its contribution to ag-related tourism in Illinois.  

As part of her office's "Agri-Tourism Day" at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield, Topinka presented agriculture leaders from throughout the state with proclamations celebrating their achievements and continuing dedication. Topinka specifically congratulated Gail and David Sasse from Gail's Pumpkin Patch.

Gail's Pumpkin Patch currently produces over 50 varieties of pumpkins, gourds and squash.

"It is incredible to have Gail's Pumpkin Patch continue to support agriculture through events year after year," Topinka said. "Gail's Pumpkin Patch educates the public and promotes tourism for our state, and I thank the many people who work so hard to make it happen."

Agriculture is the No. 1 industry in Illinois in terms of economic impact, contributing more than $8.85 billion to the state's economy annually. The state's 72,500 farms use 75 percent of the land in Illinois, including some of the most fertile soil in the world. Agri-tourists promote agriculture and tourism through a wide range of activities, including picking farm products, riding horses, learning about wine and cheese-making, and shopping for local and regional produce or handcrafted gifts.


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[Text from file received from the Illinois comptroller's office]

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