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COVE CREEK FARM HERITAGE DAY SCHEDULED FOR SEPT. 17 PDF Print
Written by Steve Frank   
Tuesday, 30 August 2011 05:52

Cove Creek Farm Heritage Day marks the beginning of the fall harvest season with a celebration of Watauga County’s farming community and rich cultural traditions. Presented by Cove Creek Preservation and Development, in conjunction with the Watauga County Cooperative Extension, the event takes place Sept. 17, 2011 at the Historic Cove Creek School in Sugar Grove, N.C.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., attendees can learn about farming, meet animals, and enjoy music, food and family fun. Hands-on activities and agricultural demonstrations throughout the day provide an exciting and enriching experience for children and adults alike.

Cornmeal grinding with a steam grist mill, wreath-making, beekeeping, apple butter production, and food canning are just a few of the educational displays. The old-time country fair atmosphere will also feature face painting and balloon animals for kids, a horseshoe competition, wagon rides, an antique car parade, a color guard presentation and silent auction. Crafts and folk toys will be available for purchase, as well as barbecue, hot dogs, beans and cornbread.

The Watauga County Cooperative Extension is involved with Farm Heritage Day for the first time this year, and will be providing animal displays, lessons on small fruit production, a plant clinic, seed swap and more. Jim Hamilton, the county extension director, said his office is excited to participate in Farm Heritage Day and is especially looking forward to reaching out to young people.

“Children today are suffering from nature deficit,” Hamilton said. “We think it is important to expose the county’s youth to agriculture. We want to them to learn where their food comes from and have a hands-on experience with animals.”

In addition to the Cooperative Extension, many groups will be in attendance, including Blue Ridge Wildlife Center, 4-H Club, High Country Grown, Watauga River Partners, Boy Scouts, Friends of the Parkway, and Cove Creek Volunteer Fire Department.

Admission is $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 6 to 12 and free for children 5 and under. Parking is free.

The Historic Cove Creek School is located at 207 Dale Adams Road in Sugar Grove, just eight miles west of Boone.

For more information on Cove Creek Farm Heritage Day, call (828) 297-2200 or visit www.covecreek.net. Accepting vendors and demonstrators through Sept. 16.

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