Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (NEO) officials will officially launch their campaign called, “Building on Tradition,” to fund the renovations of Synar Farm this Friday, June 13 during the annual Agriculture and Livestock Judging Alumni Banquet. The goal of the five-year campaign is to raise $500,000.
The 200-acre NEO farm was originally purchased in 1945 from C.V. Hamilton for $25,000 and was formerly called Sunny Slope Farm. It included a house, barns, out buildings and land. Harry Synar was put in charge of the farm. He worked at NEO from 1947-1981, and he is credited for launching the college’s agriculture program. The farm was named in his honor in 2006. The farm’s indoor arena was originally built more than 20 years ago, and serves as a hub for agriculture classes and multipurpose events.
The renovation will occur in phases over the next five years, and phase includes the addition of 40 new horse stalls and a permanent return alley to the indoor arena. The first phase will be renovating the arena. Synar Farm has been a part of NEO’s agriculture program for many years, and has housed many events and competitions. The arena serves as the epicenter of activity on the 200-acre farm. Details related to the campaign will be announced at the Annual Agriculture & Livestock Alumni and Friends Banquet this Friday, June 13.