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Annual Franklin County Farm Foods and Crafts Tour and Local Festivals: May 16-17

May 07, 2009

Media Contact: Martha Mobley, Agriculture Extension Agent, Franklin County, 919.496.3344

The weekend of May 16-17 offers the opportunity to discover the day-to-day life on a working farm. If you've had questions about how produce is grown or you'd like to educate your children, this is an inexpensive weekend adventure offering farm tours, local arts and crafts, a children's Fishing Rodeo on Saturday morning, Dinner on the Green Saturday evening, and a Farm to River Fun 5K Run/Walk on Sunday morning. The farms are open for the tour from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.

Follow the signs to the historic Person Place on Main Street, downtown Louisburg, and visit our hospitality tent. Starting at 10 a.m., you can purchase a farm tour button for $5 per person, free for children under 13. While there, make sure to enjoy and purchase local heritage arts and crafts, such as wrought iron garden gates, paintings, pottery, hand-made quilts and much more. Pick up the brochure/map with descriptions of the nine farms on the tour. Any tours you miss on Saturday, you can visit on Sunday from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. The "Support Local Farms" tour buttons and brochures will be available at each of the farms. Bring your cooler to purchase farm fresh eggs, produce and meats directly from the farmers at their farms.

To download a tour brochure with farm map and other events, visit the Web site, or call Franklin County's N.C. Cooperative Extension center at 919.496.3344 for information about any of these events. All the weekend events are sponsored by the Franklin County Tourism Development Authority, Whole Foods Grocery, N.C. Cooperative Extension and the Franklin County Arts Council.

Dinner on the Green Local Food Festival: Sat., May 16
For the second year, a Dinner on the Green featuring locally raised foods will be showcased on Saturday evening, May 16, in downtown Louisburg at the historic Person Place grounds. The menu will include local natural grass-fed beef, chevon, pastured chicken, fresh local produce such as new potatoes, lettuce and even chocolate-dipped strawberries. Homemade breads will be on the menu also. The food will be prepared by Triangle area chefs. Entertainment will be the Doc Branch Band, a local family of bluegrass musicians, from 6-9 p.m. Tickets include the dinner and entertainment and are $10 in advance and $12 the day of the event on May 16. To purchase tickets in advance, call 919.496.3344 or contact any of the nine farms on the farm tour.

Youth Fishing Rodeo: Sat., May 16
For the first time, Franklin County will be hosting a Youth Fishing Rodeo on Saturday morning, May 16, 8-11 a.m. at a 20-acre lake on Double D Equestrian Farm. Youth 13 years old and under accompanied by a parent or guardian can fish for free, though parents or guardians must purchase a Farm Tour button ($5) to participate. Rodeo participants will receive a free rod and reel and tackle box from Shakespeare Fishing Tackle. Prizes will be awarded from Jim's Cricket Ranch near Louisburg for various fishing categories. The competition is limited to the first 250 youth to pre-register.

Farm to River 5K Fun Run/Walk: Sun., May 17

A small farmer benefit Farm to River 5K Fun Run/Walk will be held in Franklin County on Sunday morning, May 17, at Double D Equestrian Farm near Louisburg. Participants can register from 8 - 9 a.m. with the event beginning at 9 a.m. The fee to participate is $20 per person, and each participant will receive a specially designed t-shirt. Children 13 years and younger are free. This is a non-competitive race and is a family event. Join us for fitness and fun at the farm and river. This is also a dog-friendly event; dogs must be on a leash and current on vaccines. Prizes will be given to top walkers and runners. Funds raised will establish the first-ever small farmer grant program for a small farmer in Franklin County.

Farm Life Photography Contest: May 16-17

Bring your camera along on the upcoming Franklin County Farm Foods & Crafts Tour scheduled for May 16 & 17. Nine diverse farms will be showcased during the two-day event with many farm life photography opportunities available. Submit a photo entry on the Web site,, for a chance to win prize money based on various age categories. A reception showcasing the photographs and honoring winners will be held on Saturday, Aug. 1 from 2-4 p.m. at the Louisburg College auditorium gallery. This event is sponsored by the Franklin County Arts Council.

Posted by Suzanne at May 7, 2009 12:11 PM