Friday, November 4, 2011

Over 200 Celebrate 56th Annual Farm City Banquet

With a little barbecue and bluegrass, Watauga CES and the Farm City planning committee, hosted the 56th Annual Farm City Banquet at the Boone United Methodist Church. Tickets sold out by Thursday afternoon and over 200 farmers and supporters of agriculture in the county turned out for a local food dinner catered by Bandana's and awards ceremony. Dr. Dan Meyer, Boone Area Chamber of Commerce Director, emceed the event. County Commissioner Vince Gable read the formal proclamation of Farm City and eleven awards were presented. 39 door prizes were also given away including gift baskets full of local goodies. Sponsors for Farm City included Watauga Farm Bureau (Gold Sponsor), Hollar & Greene Produce, Critcher Brothers Produce, Allen Wealth Management, the Watauga County Farmers Market, Watauga Cattlemen's and Christmas Tree Associations, PHARMN, Mountain Keepers, Mountain Kubota of Boone, Carolina Farm Credit, Piedmont Federal, Ross-Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge, Watauga Soil and Water, and the Boone-Blowing Rock Lodging Association.

Awards included:

• Christmas Tree Farmer of the Year: Steve Stanley.
• Cattleman of the Year: Jeff Winkler.
• Beekeeper of the Year: Burton Moomaw.
• Beekeeper Association's Presidents Award: James Wilkes and Mark Henson of Hive Tracks
• Mary Boyer was posthumously awarded the Woman in Agriculture Award.
• Agri-tourism Award went to New River Corn Maze
• L.E. Tuckwiller Award, recognizing a town or community for outstanding efforts in community development went to Recycling Consortium.
• Agriculture in Arts Award went to Jane and Mike Campbell.
• Youth in Agriculture award went to Jacqueline Walczak and Jazmyne Maxwell.
• Spirit of Farm City Award went, posthumously, to Angela Church McCoury.
• Farm Family of the Year Award went to David Yates from the Cool Springs Community. He also received a certificate from the Champion Tree Program from NC Division of Forestry for the largest butternut specimen in the state.

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