Farm City committee plans for annual event

Published 11:00 pm Thursday, October 6, 2016

The Pike County Farm City Committee met Tuesday to discuss the committee’s planned Farm-City events and activities.

Committee Chair Randy Hale said the committee has an ambitions calendar of events planned with the Farm-City Banquet on November 16 as the highlight event.

Farm-City Week is celebrated across the nation on the week ending on Thanksgiving Day. Farm-City Week is held annually to recognize, celebrate and strengthen the partnership between the rural and urban communities all across the nation.

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“The Farm-City Committee will get off to a quick start by participating in Pioneer Days at the Pioneer Museum of Alabama on Friday and Saturday,” Hale said. “Debra Huggins-Davis and other volunteers will have the soil trailer there for the students to visit. That’s always of interest to students and adults alike.”

Hale said the committee’s entry in the Pike County Fair is excellent, once again, in telling Pike County’s agricultural story.

“We have more than 100 times in the exhibit,” Hale said. “We have a wide variety of agricultural products as well as items that were used daily on the family farm.”

Hale asked for volunteers to assist with the Trojan Fishing/Boating Expo at Pike County Lake on Thursday. More than 100 sixth-grade students at Troy Elementary School will spend the fishing and learning at the lake. Hale encouraged the committee members to visit the Downtown Farmers’ Market in downtown Troy on Saturday and again on Oct. 22. Pike County Chamber President Kathy Sauer said the downtown market is an effort to determine the potential from moving the Pike County Farmers Market back to the square in Troy. Two events are planned at John and Carol Dorrill’s Clay Hill Farm. The Troy University International Student event will be on October 22 followed by the Chamber’s Junior Ambassador event on Oct. 26. Both events will include a tour of the Dorrills’ Treasure Forest. The Farm-City Committee will have an entry in the Peanut Butter Festival in Brundidge the last Saturday in October. Nominations for the 2016 Farm-City Awards are due by Oct. 22. Nominations may be made in the areas of poultry, forestry, beef, row crops, conservation, specialty crops and service to agriculture.

Jeff Knotts said the nomination forms are not complicated.

“If you know a farmer who is doing an outstanding job, take a few minutes to nominate them for recognition,” Knotts said.

Nomination forms are available at the FSA office and the Pike County Chamber of Commerce. Tickets are available for the 2016 Farm-City Banquet at the Pike County Chamber of Commerce and the Pike County Extension Office.