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Originally published: 2012-10-31 15:57:30
Last modified: 2012-10-31 15:57:30

Farm City Banquet takes place Nov. 8

by Anna Oakes

Tickets are selling quickly for the 57th annual Watauga County Farm City Banquet, to be held Thursday, Nov. 8, at 6 p.m. at Boone United Methodist Church.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 6 to 12. Children 5 and younger are admitted free. Tickets will not be sold after Nov. 7.

The theme for the 2012 Farm City Banquet is “Local Farms Feed Local Families” to celebrate locally produced farm products and farmers, food entrepreneurs and supporters of local farms.

Jim Hamilton, executive director of the Watauga County Cooperative Extension office, said more than half of the available tickets have already been sold.

The guest speaker at the banquet is Denise Cerreta, founder of the One World Everybody Eats Cafe movement, who helped provide vision for the local F.A.R.M. Café.

Following a local food supper catered by Bandana’s, individuals will be recognized for their contributions and support of the local agricultural economy.

In addition, door prizes include a print by local artist Richard Tumbleston, who will finish the piece at the event.

Sponsors of the 57th annual Farm City Banquet are Watauga County Farm Bureau, Carolina Farm Credit, Appalachian Brian Estates, Bandana’s, Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture, Mountain Kubota, Hollar and Greene Produce, PHARMN, the Watauga County Farmers’ Market, Watauga County Christmas Tree Association, B. Park Terrell Agency, ASU Sustainable Development Department, Bare Essentials Natural Market, LifeStore Bank and MountainKeepers, Watauga County Soil & Water District, Evergreen Forest Management, Boone/Blowing Rock Area Lodging Association and Watauga Cattlemen’s Association.

Tickets may be purchased at the Watauga Cooperative Extension office on King Street through Nov. 7. Ticket purchasers are asked to bring a canned food item to donate to area food banks.

For more information, call (828) 264-3061.