Richmond County Daily Journal
More than 100 entries into the Ellerbe Farmer’s Parade may have Main Street in Ellerbe packed on Saturday.
According to Amy Yaklin of the Farm Service Agency, the parade will line up in front of Ellerbe Middle School on Ballard Street at 11 a.m. and go down Main Street.
This is the first year, with the state’s permission, that the annual parade can come down Main Street. Highway 220 makes this possible, as it receives the main traffic.
“We have no rules,” explains Spivey. People can be in the parade any way they want — whether on tractor, go-cart, lawnmower, you name it. “You can show up on Saturday and be in the parade.”
“We don’t charge to enter the parade or vendors to set up,” said Willa Spivey, who is helping with parade plans.
This year people who attend the parade will see “a lot more vendors.” Farm City Week serves to appreciate those who have invested in agriculture or traditional crafts related to farm life, and the parade provides people with a chance to share their crafts with the community. There will also be a farmer’s market.
According to Spivey, the parade will be a “really fun-filled fall festival holiday kick-off.”
The parade is the first event of Farm City Week, a nationally-celebrated occasion. The Farmer’s Luncheon, on Nov. 22 at noon at the Richmond County Agricultural Service Center, will feature guest-speaker Chris Yaklin of the Farm Bureau. Yaklin has a fully-functioning farm, complete with 8,000 hogs, 100 cows, 50 goats and six chicken houses.
On Nov. 23, at 6:30 p.m., the Farm-City Banquet will be held at RCC’s Cole Auditorium. The keynote speaker and Elvis Impersonator A.J. Outlaw of Clinton will be there as well as North Carolina Peach Queen Molly Stutts of Ellerbe.
Tickets are $10 and are available in advance from the Farm Service Agency and may be purchased at the door.
Staff Writer Dawn Kurry can be reached at (910) 997-3111 ext. 15, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.