Farm City Banquet to be held Thursday
by Anna Oakes
The 58th annual Watauga County Farm City Banquet will be held Thursday, Nov. 7, at 6 p.m. at Boone United Methodist Church.
Tickets to the event -- which has sold out the past three years -- are $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6 to 12 and free for children 5 and younger. Tickets will not be sold after Nov. 6.
The banquet celebrates 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 the event "awards the unsung heroes of our local agricultural economy."
Catered by Bandana's, the dinner will feature local beef and local potatoes. Individuals will be recognized for their contributions and support of the local agricultural economy.
Among those to be honored will be the late Charles Church, a Valle Crucis farmer who passed away earlier this year. Church will receive the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce's Tuckwiller Award for Community Development for his role in developing and growing the local organic farming community and local food network.
"We are breaking the tradition of surprise and letting people know beforehand so as many people as possible can come and honor someone who truly exemplified the spirit of Farm City," said chamber president Dan Meyer. "Charles was a farmer and a businessman who understood the interdependency of farm and city."
Tickets may be purchased at the Watauga Cooperative Extension office on King Street through Nov. 6. Ticket purchasers are asked to bring a canned food item to donate to area food banks.
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