“This county has been celebrating this event for a long time in one way or another,” said Leeann Crump with the Richmond County extension office .
Farm City week kicks off on Nov. 21 with its Ellerbe Farmer’s Day Parade at 11 a.m. in downtown Ellerbe.
“It’s a pretty big thing when you’re talking about Ellerbe,” Paige Burns, interim county extension director said. “It’s an extremely fun event.”
According to Burns, the Ellerbe Farmer’s Day Parade is an old-fashioned style event in honor of the agricultural heritage in the Richmond County area and usually crowds of spectators fill the sidewalks in Ellerbe during the event.
Farm City week will pick-up again on Nov. 23 with the Farmer’s Luncheon at the Richmond County Agricultural Services Center.
“Its our way of showing appreciation to everyone,” Burns said.
Special to this year’s luncheon, Dewitt Hardy from N.C. Department of Agriculture, N.C. Farmland Preservation is going to speak to attendees of the luncheon.
On Nov. 24, Farm City Week will wrap-up its scheduled events with their Farm City Banquet in the Cole Auditorium at 6:30 p.m. for all interested.
The cost is $10 a person, but also provides entry, dinner and a production from local 3rd graders. In addition, Dr. Jim Clark, N.C. 4-H Museum & History Center Committee Chair will speak at the banquet.
According to Crump, Farm City week began as a national celebration in 1955 as a way of showing the rich national heritage of connecting rural and city partners in the country.
“Trying to help folks know and appreciate where their food comes from,” Crump said.
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