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‘The First Furrow’ is Theme of 61st Annual Farm City Banquet Held Thursday, Nov. 3

Editor’s Note: Only a few tickets are available for the 61st annual Farm City Banquet held Thursday, Nov. 3, according to the Watauga County Cooperative Extension, which recommends calling ahead if you want to order a ticket. Not tickets are sold at the door of the event.

The 61st annual Farm City Banquet will be held on Thursday, Nov. 3, at 6 p.m. at the Boone United Methodist Church located on New Market Boulevard in Boone. The theme for this year’s banquet is “The First Furrow” as we celebrate feeding our community sustainably.

The Banquet was organized by the town of Boone, ASU and the Watauga County Cooperative Extension. Following dinner, supplied from local farms, several organizations will recognize individuals for their contributions and support of our local agricultural economy.

Awards will be given out to individuals and/or businesses that have made significant contributions to agriculture; organizations, service or civic, that have benefited the community and our agricultural economy. Awards will also be given out to those that have made significant contributions to volunteerism, local agri-tourism, and socially-sustainable agricultural practices. Commodity groups also will award their respective producers of the year, and Watauga Soil and Water will present the Farm Family of the Year award. The Boone Chamber of Commerce will present the Tuckwiller Award” presented for Community Development in memory of the late Lake Ernest Tuckwiller, past Watauga County Ag Agent.
Door prizes will be given out at the end of the program and will include baskets filled with locally produced foods and other items. Acclaimed local artist Richard Tumbleston will be on site to finish an original painting highlighting this year’s banquet, which will be given away as the final prize.

The Watauga County Farm Bureau is our Platinum Sponsor this year and encourages both farm & city folk alike to come together for an “old fashioned supper”. Our Gold sponsor is New River Building Supply and Lumber Co.; our Silver sponsors are PHARMN, the Watauga County Christmas Tree Association, Hollar & Greene Produce Co., and Southern Ag; our Bronze sponsors are Carolina Farm Credit, Blue Ridge Electric, Mountain Kubota of Boone and The Cattlemen’s Association. We wish to thank all our sponsors for their wonderful support in helping to make this event a very special event for our community.

Tickets are $10.00 per person (children 5 and under eat for free; children 6-12, $5) and can be purchased at the NC Cooperative Extension Office, 971 W King St., Boone. No tickets will be sold at the door and ticket sales are limited to 250. For more info, please call 828-264-3061.