MSU Arboretum to host Harvest Gala Sept. 12

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The sixth annual Hutson Harvest Gala, a fundraiser for The Arboretum at Murray State University, will take place Sept. 12 at 5:30 p.m.

MURRAY -- The Murray State University Hutson School of Agriculture and the Friends of the Arboretum Board of Directors will host the sixth annual Hutson Harvest Gala, a fundraiser for The Arboretum at Murray State University, at 5:30 p.m. September 12. This year's theme is "Home," and will provide an evening of Kentucky Proud farm-to-table style foods to enjoy.

Guests are invited to enjoy an authentic hog roast, with a special treat provided by Whiskey Ridge Farms. Local music group Little by Little will provide live entertainment for the evening.

The gala's live auction will return for its third year, featuring unique items specific to the university.

This year's live auction piece truly is historic: two hand-carved wooden serving pieces crafted from a 160-year-old hickory tree that fell on the lawn of Oakhurst during a summer storm.

This is a great opportunity to own a one-of-a-kind piece that represents the deep-seated roots of Murray State.

The annual silent auction will also include many wonderful locally-donated pieces for purchase.

The Arboretum at Murray State University has become a favorite destination for people of all ages since opening in 2013.

The arboretum's mission is to provide and display a collection of both local and introduced plants, with emphasis on native trees, shrubs, and flowers of historic significance to the western Kentucky region.

The arboretum is open to the public and features a short trail, pavilion and children's play areas.

The public is invited to RSVP to this year's Hutson Harvest Gala by Sept. 6. Registration and payment are available athutsonhg6.givesmart.com.

If you are interested in making a donation, please contact Hensley at 270-809-3001 or visitbit.ly/MSUArboretum.