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62nd Farm City Banquet in Watauga Held Nov. 2, This Year’s Theme is ‘Food Unifies’

The 62nd Annual Farm City Banquet will be held on Thursday, Nov. 2, 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 “Food Unifies” to celebrate the bonds & fellowship that occur when we can sit down and share a meal together.

The banquet and awards ceremony is organized annually by the Town of Boone, ASU, and Watauga County Cooperative Extension. Additionally, the program will include some special entertainment—a performance of “Blue Ridge Time”. That’s all we’re going to tell you! You’ll have to come and see for yourself!

Following dinner, supplied from local farms, awards will be presented to those in our farming, civic, and business community that have made significant contributions to agriculture and our agricultural economy. Commodity groups also will award their respective producers of the year, and the Watauga Soil and Water District will present the Farm Family of the Year award. The Boone Chamber of Commerce will present the “Tuckwiller Award” to recognize achievements in Community Development in memory of the late Lake Ernest Tuckwiller, past Watauga County Farm 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 join in on an “old fashioned supper”. Our Gold sponsor is New River Building Supply and Lumber Co.; our Silver sponsors are WCCTA, Hollar & Greene Produce Co.& Southern Ag; our Bronze sponsors are Carolina Farm Credit, Blue Ridge Electric, and Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture. We thank all our sponsors for their wonderful support in helping to make this event a very special Banquet 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.