Article Published: Sep. 6, 2012 | Modified: Sep. 16, 2012
Cove Creek Preservation and Development and Watauga County Cooperative Extension celebrate more than 160 years of local food and agriculture in Watauga County.
The 15th annual Cove Creek Farm Heritage Day celebrates the vibrant community of farms and rich rural heritage that have put Watauga County at the forefront of the local food and agriculture movement.
Presented by Cove Creek Preservation and Development, in conjunction with the Watauga County Cooperative Extension, the event takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Historic Cove Creek School in Sugar Grove.
Attendees can enjoy the country charm of the Cove Creek community while learning about farming and enjoying food and music in a child-friendly setting.
Cornmeal grinding with a steam grist mill, wreath making, beekeeping and apple cider pressing are among the educational demonstrations. Farm animals are a popular feature of Farm Heritage Day and several will be on site this year, including alpacas from Apple Hill Farm and goats from GOat Green farm, as well as a show calf, Jersey milk cow, horse, pig, chickens and rabbits.
The old-time country fair atmosphere will also feature face painting and activity stations for children, a horseshoe competition, wagon rides and a color guard presentation.
Scheduled performers include musicians Apple Jammers and State Line Jam, Lonnie Ward and Trevor McKenzie, storyteller Tammy Hicks and cloggers, with additional acts to be announced.
Locally grown produce and food products will be available for purchase, as well as crafts and folk toys. Barbecue and hot dogs will also be sold.
The Watauga County Cooperative Extension is involved with Farm Heritage Day for the second consecutive year and will be providing animal displays, lessons on small fruit production, a plant clinic, seed swap and more.
Jim Hamilton, Watauga County extension director, said being involved with Farm Heritage Day is exactly what Watauga’s cooperative extension is all about. “The extension’s focus is farm heritage and working for the success of agriculture’s future in the county. It’s a perfect fit,” he said.
In addition to the Cooperative Extension, many groups will be in attendance, including Blue Ridge Wildlife Center, High Country Grown, Watauga River Partners, Boy Scouts, Watauga County master gardeners, Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture, High Country Local First, Appalachian State University Sustainable Development Farm and the Watauga County Christmas Tree Association.
“Bring out your family for a day of fun,” said Amy Shelton, lead organizer for Farm Heritage Day. “We will have a food, vendors, music, animals and a castle Airwalk bounce house for the kids. Come celebrate Cove Creek Farm Heritage Days with us at the Historic Cove Creek High School. We hope to see you there.”
Admission is $3 for adults, $1 for seniors and children ages 6 to 12, and free for children 5 and younger. Parking is free. The event will take place rain or shine.
The Historic Cove Creek School is located at 207 Dale Adams Road in Sugar Grove, eight miles west of Boone.
For more information on Cove Creek Farm Heritage Day, call (828) 297-2200 or visit http://www.covecreek.net
. The event is accepting vendors and demonstrators through Sept. 14.