Be thankful for farmers

State Rep. John Sims Jr.

This week, family and friends will sit down at the dinner table as they have for generations to enjoy what is one of the oldest American-based traditions.

As even our youngest students can tell us, the most famous of these Thanksgiving feasts took place nearly 400 years ago, when the Pilgrims and a group of Native Americans spent three days celebrating a successful harvest season in 1621.

As we sit down this week and give thanks, we must not forget the farmers who made the meal possible.

An annual survey by American Farm Bureau shows the meal has actually gotten cheaper over the last several decades. It now costs less than $50 to feed a family of 10, but when adjusted for inflation, that’s about 20 percent below the cost when the survey was first compiled in the 1980s.

Speaking of holiday meals, nearly all of Kentucky State Parks’ resorts will be open on Thursday for those who would rather eat out than at home. Kenlake is the only exception, and Buckhorn Lake will have a limited menu.

The doors open at noon, and the cost is $19.99 for adults and $9.99 for children six to 12. Those five and younger eat for free.

It’s important to remember that Thanksgiving is not a day off for everyone, so we should also be thankful for those first responders; hospital and nursing home staffs; utility workers; and retail and restaurant employees who are there working on our behalf. We should also be grateful for those volunteers and others who make sure no one goes hungry.

As we enjoy this week, my family and I hope you and your loved ones have a wonderful Thanksgiving and the best holiday season yet. Be careful, too, if you’re among the 55 million people traveling this holiday.

State Rep. John Sims Jr.