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60th Annual Farm City Banquet Nov. 12, No Tickets To Be Sold At The Door

The 60th Annual Farm City Banquet will be held on Thursday, Nov. 12, at 6:00 p.m. at the Boone United Methodist Church located on New Market Boulevard in Boone. Order your tickets in advance because no tickets will be sold at the door.

The theme for this year’s banquet is “Goodness Grows in Watauga County” as we celebrate connecting our city and farm’s agricultural heritage.

farmcityFollowing dinner, supplied from local farms, several organizations will recognize individuals for their contributions and support of our local agricultural economy. Charlie Jackson, the executive director of the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project, is our keynote speaker and will address the importance and future of agriculture and specialty crops in western North Carolina.

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 Farm Agent.

Organizations as well as the general public are invited to nominate candidates for these awards. Nominations forms can be picked up at the Extension office.

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 join in on an “old fashion supper.”

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. Tickets must be purchased in advance. No tickets will be sold at the door and ticket sales are limited to 250.

For more info, please call 828-264-3061.