Debbie Patterson-Keynote Address will be given by one of the 2010 ESPYS Arthur Ashe Award for Courage recipients.

August 29, 2022

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The Passion for Pigs Seminar and Trade Show is set for Wednesday, Nov. 30 at the Mathewson Exhibition Center on the Missouri State Fair Grounds in Sedalia, Missouri. The event kicks off at 7 a.m.

This year's Debbie Patterson-Keynote Address will be given by one of the 2010 ESPYS Arthur Ashe Award for Courage recipients, Aaron Thomas. Aaron's father Ed was a beloved high school football coach who not only trained generations of players on the importance of hard work, dedication, excellence and commitment but personally put these values into action when he was the community leader who inspired his town to rebuild in the wake of a deadly EF 5 tornado. Not long after the community withstood the disaster of the storm, the small town of Parkersburg, Iowa, endured a far worse tragedy: the fatal shooting of Ed by a former player with severe mental health challenges.

Following his father's murder, Aaron was approached to return home to take over his father's responsibilities as athletic director and to continue the legacy his father had built in being not only a school leader but an example for the town to follow. Rather than shun the family of their father's murderer and perpetuate the tragedy that Parkersburg faced, Aaron and his family called for understanding and forgiveness, because that's what Ed would have wanted them to do. In this incredible story of ordinary people thrust into an extraordinary situation, Aaron will share his family's journey of showing uncommon strength during the darkest of times.

Advanced single tickets are $65, advanced group (3 or more) tickets are $55 per person and advanced group (5 or more) tickets are $45 per person. After Nov. 1 tickets are $85 per person. Students need to call for a special discount.

For more information, contact Julie Lolli at 660-651-0570 or via email.

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