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Pike County Farm City Committee off to fast start

The Pike County Farm-City Committee is off to a fast start for 2019 Farm City Week activities and events.

The committee met Tuesday morning and Deborah Huggins-Davis, Pike County Farm-City Committee chair, acknowledged that the committee already has logged several events related to National Farm-City Week November 20-27.

The main goal of Farm-City Week is to deepen understanding of the relationship between rural farmers and urban workers that makes America’s food supply safe and plentiful.

Huggins-Davis said the annual Farm Day for all third graders in Pike County was held at Cattlemen Park on September 24 and was, once again, a great success in that it allowed the young students to experience daily farm life.

The Farm-City Committee furnished pizza for the volunteers.

Davis said the committee has partnered with other volunteer organizations in the annual Tree Giveaway and Classroom in the Forest, an event for sixth-grade students countywide.

“Our committee gave teachers across the county peanuts for Teacher Appreciation Day and participated in Take a Kid Fishing Day at the Dorrill Farm,” Huggins-Davis said. “So, we are off to a good start and a fast start.”

The committee has a booth at the Pike County Fair which is related to the 2019 National Farm-City theme “Keep Alabama Growing” and has plans to enter the Nutter Butter Parade at the Peanut Butter Festival in Brundidge on Saturday, October 26.

“The Peanut Butter Festival is the only public event in our county that is dedicated totally to agriculture,” Huggins-Davis said. “This year is Alabama’s Bicentennial celebration and each community in Pike County is being encouraged to have an entry in the parade that is related its history or character.”

Several members of the committee are planning to have entries in addition to the committee’s entry in the parade. Talk around the table was that Union Hill will be represented by the Sandspur Queen.

“Look up the history on that,” the queen said.

Tickets are now on sale for the Pike County Farm-City Banquet to be held on November 13th at Cattleman Park. Tickets are $12 and are available at the Pike County Chamber of Commerce office.

“Other upcoming events include the Farm-City Swap on October 10 with Probate Judge Michael Bunn and Pike County farmer Heath Wesley,” Huggins-Davis said. “Junior Ambassador Ag Day will be on November 5 and the ambassadors will tour local farms.”

Local libraries have been contacted and the committee will purchase books to display during Farm-City Week at both the Troy Public Library and Tupper Lightfoot Memorial Library in Brundidge.

Huggins-Davis encouraged committee members to continue photographing barns around the county as a preservation project and also for display at Farm-City events.