Spring Ag Fest is CANCELED

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The Chatham County Spring Ag Fest that was scheduled for March 28, 2020, at the Chatham County Agriculture & Conference Center has been CANCELED. This decision has been made out of an abundance of caution given public concerns about the coronavirus and our desire to safeguard our community members. We do advocate that individuals follow precautions set forth by local, state, and federal health officials to protect their health and that of those around them.

For additional information, please visit the Chatham County Coronavirus Resource Page.

We look forward to seeing you at our 2021 Spring Ag Fest!

Spring Ag Fest

Celebrating Chatham County Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resources

Saturday, March 28, 2020

10 a.m.–4 p.m.

This is a FREE Event!

Chatham County Agriculture & Conference Center
1192 US 64 W Business
Pittsboro, NC 27312
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About the Event

Chatham County invites residents to join us for our 3rd annual Spring Ag Fest at the Chatham County Agriculture & Conference Center (CCACC) on Saturday, March 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Spring Ag Fest is a celebration of Chatham County’s agriculture, forestry, and natural resources. The event will offer something for everyone: livestock, exhibits, demonstrations, food trucks, and more.

This event is made possible by the collaborative efforts of the Chatham County Center of N.C. Cooperative Extension, Chatham County Agriculture & Conference CenterChatham County Farm Bureau, Chatham County GovernmentChatham County Soil & Water, Farm Service Agency, and the NC Forest Service.

Thanks also to our community supporters: 

The Spring Ag Fest is free and open to the public.

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Photos

View a slideshow featuring over 100 photos from the 2019 Spring Ag Fest. (Click on the first photo then click on the icon in the bottom right of the screen if you want to enlarge the photo.)

View a short video of the 2019 Spring Ag Fest by Yanasa Ama Ranch.

Below are a few photos from our 2019 Spring Ag Fest.

Willow Griffith demonstrated Roman Riding at the Livestock Arena.

Willow Griffith demonstrates Roman Riding at the Livestock Arena. Photo by Debbie Roos.

4-H Cattle Parade of Breeds.

Scottish Highlander in the 4-H Cattle Parade of Breeds. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Polaris Equine Mobile Veterinary Clinic's horse was a huge hit with folks of all ages!

Polaris Equine Mobile Veterinary Clinic’s horse Eddie was a huge hit with folks of all ages! Photo by Debbie Roos.

Kaci Isley demonstrates barrel racing.

Kaci Isley and her quarter horse Dunnie in the barrel racing event at the Livestock Arena. Photo by Debbie Roos.

The Lilly Den Farm booth had all kinds of animals for kids to interact with from ducks to chicks, goats, rabbits, and a milking cow.

The Lilly Den Farm booth had all kinds of animals for kids to interact with from ducks to chicks, goats, rabbits, and a milking cow. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Over 100 indoor and outdoor exhibitors and vendors offered something for everyone!

Over 100 indoor and outdoor exhibitors and vendors offered something for everyone! Photo by Debbie Roos.

Eva Green of Rabbit Patch Baskets sold her beautiful handmade baskets.

Eva Green of Rabbit Patch Baskets sold her beautiful handmade baskets. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Stephanie Fay of Solstice Herb Farm.

Stephanie Fay of Solstice Herb Farm. Photo by Debbie Roos.

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Livestock Arena Event Schedule

Rodeo entertainer Keith Isley will amuse the crowd in between events at the Livestock Arena!

Rodeo entertainer Keith Isley.

Rodeo entertainer Keith Isley. Photo by Debbie Roos.

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4-H Kids’ Zone Schedule

10:30 a.m. – What is 4-H?—Come Learn about Chatham County 4-H!

11 a.m. – Ready, Set, Grow! Agricultural Magic Show sponsored by Mountaire

12:30 p.m. – Farm Bingo

1 p.m. – Friends of the Lower Haw Activity

1:30 p.m. – What is 4-H?—Come Learn about Chatham County 4-H!

2 p.m. – Ready, Set, Grow! Agricultural Magic Show sponsored by Mountaire

2:30 p.m. – Jeopardy – Ag Literacy

3 p.m. – Ready, Set, Grow! Agricultural Magic Show sponsored by Mountaire

On-going Activities at the 4-H Kids’ Zone

  • Backyard Bass with the NC Wildlife Resources Commission
  • Pollinators with Liz Driscoll, 4-H Extension Specialist
  • Poultry Fun with Dr. Mary Fosnaught, 4-H Extension Specialist
  • All About Dairy – Virtual Reality Dairy Farm Tours/Color Sheets
  • Gardening Station
  • Ag Photo Booth
  • Tractor Fun with Sand and Corn

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Smokehouse Preservation Project Open House

At 10 a.m. start your Ag Fest experience by visiting the restored smokehouse in the Chatham County Agriculture & Conference Center (CCACC) courtyard. The Smokehouse was restored by the Chatham County Historical Association and now stands just a few yards from its original historic location on the CCACC property. Learn about the early Chatham homestead it was on, and how meat was smoke-cured when the building was in use.

Restored smokehouse.

Restored smokehouse. Photo by Debbie Roos.

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Food Trucks & Vendors

Several Food Trucks will offer tasty options for lunch. Thanks to the generosity of the Chatham County Farm Bureau, the first 800 visitors will receive a $5 food ticket to spend at the food trucks!

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Exhibitors & Vendors

Livestock including cattle, horses, alpacas, sheep, goats, donkeys, poultry, rabbits, and more will be on display for an up-close look. We will have FREE pony rides for kids sponsored by the Chatham County Farm Bureau! Visitors can try their hand at milking a Lilly Den Farm cow!

Indoor and outdoor exhibitors and vendors 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 to meet Smokey Bear and chat with our local forest rangers.

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Food Drive Benefiting CORA Food Pantry

Ag Fest visitors are encouraged to bring two non-perishable food items to the Ag Fest to benefit the CORA Food Pantry. Look for the CORA table at the front entrance to the Chatham County Agriculture & Conference Center, next to the circle in front of the building between the flag poles. Everyone who brings food items will receive a ticket to enter into a drawing to win a $100 VISA gift card donated by Generations Farm.

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Ag Fest Selfie Challenge

Post your selfie to social media and tag #chathamagfest for a chance to win a prize! Take a selfie with Smokey Bear, a farmer, a farm animal, a tractor, a food truck, in the demo garden, at the 4-H Kids’ Zone, and more!

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Event Parking

We will have overflow parking at two locations, each with free shuttle service to the Ag Fest at the CCACC:

  • Central Carolina Community College next door to the Agriculture & Conference Center
  • Chatham County Annex/Justice Center on E. Chatham St. downtown

More details on parking options will be released in March!

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Contact Information

For general information about the Spring Ag Fest, contact Debbie Roos or Larilee Isley.

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Chatham County Agriculture & Conference Center. Photo by Debbie Roos.

The CCACC houses the offices of N.C. Cooperative Extension, Chatham County Center, 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. 

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