March 25: Grand Opening for the Chatham County Agriculture & Conference Center

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

10:00 am – 2:00 pm

This is a FREE Event!

Chatham County Agriculture & Conference Center

1192 US 64 W Business
Pittsboro, NC 27312

Sponsored by the Chatham County Farm Bureau

Chatham County invites residents to celebrate the Grand Opening of the Chatham County Agriculture & Conference Center (CCACC) on Saturday, March 25, from 10 am to 2 pm. The Chatham County Farm Bureau is sponsoring the free event.

The Grand Opening celebration will offer something for everyone.  The event will kick off with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 10 am. Visitors can attend educational sessions in one of the meeting rooms or cooking demonstrations in Cooperative Extension’s new Teaching Kitchen. Guided tours will offer a glimpse of the new office space, exhibit hall, and meeting rooms.

The beautiful winning photos from the county’s Agricultural Photography Contest will be on display, showcasing our rich agricultural past, current and future.

More than 75 exhibitors will highlight local farms, farmers’ markets, sustainable agriculture, agricultural support and advocacy, agribusiness, beekeeping, livestock, forestry, green industry, wildlife, conservation, and much more. Visitors will get an up-close look at the Forest Service’s firefighting helicopter and meet Smokey the Bear.

Livestock including cattle, sheep, poultry, goats, horses, rabbits, and more will be on display for an up-close look. See a horse getting new shoes! Take a selfie with Colbert, the famous Livestock Conservancy Crevecoeur chicken!

Several food trucks will offer excellent options for lunch while live music entertains the crowd. The first 800 attendees will receive a $5.00 discount coupon good for the Grand Opening to be used toward food purchases courtesy of the Chatham County Farm Bureau.

The CCACC houses the offices of Chatham County Cooperative Extension, Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Soil and Water Conservation, and the Forest Service.

The event facilities provide year-round meeting and workshop space for agriculture, horticulture, forestry, natural resources, family and consumer science, and youth programs. However, the CCACC is available for rental by organizations and individuals for all types of events, including conventions, trade shows, weddings, workshops and banquets. It is the largest flexible meeting space in the county.

The CCACC is one mile west of the traffic circle at 1192 US 64 W Business in Pittsboro.

Details of all activities are provided below. We hope to see you there!

10:00 – 10:30 am: Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

  • Welcome
  • Raising of the Flag – Sheriff’s Department Honor Guard
  • Pledge of Allegiance and National Anthem
  • Ribbon Cutting with County Commissioners
  • Introduction of Special Guests
  • Recognition of Photo Contest Winners
    • Chatham County joined with Chatham County Farm Bureau to sponsor a photography contest to honor the county’s agricultural heritage and its current thriving agricultural economy. Visitors will be able to see all winning submissions inside the new Chatham County Agriculture & Conference Center (CCACC).

 

Building Tours will be at 10:45 am, 11:45 am, and 12:45 pm

Tours will leave from the flagpole in front of the Conference Center

 

Educational Sessions


11:00 am – Soil Testing for your Lawn and Garden

  • Location: Meeting Room
  • Instructor: Charlotte Glen, Horticulture Agent, N.C. Cooperative Extension – Chatham County Center

11:30 am – Understanding the Soil Test Report

  • Location: Meeting Room
  • Instructor:Charlotte Glen, Horticulture Agent, N.C. Cooperative Extension – Chatham County Center

12:00 pm – Cooking with Chicken Demonstration

  • Location: Teaching Kitchen
  • Instructors: Phyllis Smith, Family Consumer Sciences Agent, N.C. Cooperative Extension – Chatham County Center and Dan Campeau, Area Specialized Poultry Agent, N.C. Cooperative Extension

12:30 pm – Cooking with Beef Demonstration

  • Location: Teaching Kitchen
  • Instructors: Phyllis Smith, Family Consumer Sciences Agent, and Sam Groce, County Extension Director, N.C. Cooperative Extension – Chatham County Center

1:00 pm – Soil and Water Conservation Programs

  • Location: Meeting Room
  • Instructors: Chatham Soil and Water Conservation District Team

1:30 pm – Extension’s Family & Consumer Science Program in Chatham County

  • Location: Meeting Room
  • Instructor: Phyllis Smith, Family Consumer Sciences Agent, N.C. Cooperative Extension – Chatham County Center

 

Entertainment

Sound provided by Wilson Entertainment

 

Food Trucks

 

Exhibitors

There will be a special exhibit in the CCACC Conference Room showcasing the history of Chatham County Cooperative Extension starting in 1912, two years before Cooperative Extension was formed. Memorabilia, photos, and videos will be on display to highlight how Cooperative Extension has evolved over the past 115 years!

Indoor and outdoor exhibits will be in several areas throughout the Agriculture & Conference Center site and feature livestock, farm equipment, plants, produce, a firefighting helicopter, informational booths, and much more. We will have something for everyone!

Written By

Photo of Debbie RoosDebbie RoosExtension Agent, Agriculture - Sustainable / Organic Production (919) 542-8244 debbie_roos@ncsu.eduChatham County, North Carolina
Updated on Mar 28, 2017
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