Join Us for the 2023 Chatham County Spring Ag Fest!
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Spring Ag Fest
Celebrating Chatham County Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resources
Saturday, March 25, 2023
10 a.m.–2 p.m.
This is a FREE Event!
Chatham County Agriculture & Conference Center
1192 US 64 W Business
Pittsboro, NC 27312
Table of Contents (click on each section for details)
- About the Event
- Livestock Arena Event Schedule
- Food Trucks
- Exhibitors and Vendors
- Food Drive Benefiting Chatham Food Banks
- Ag Fest Selfie Challenge
- Smokehouse Preservation Project Dedication and Open House
- Contact Information
About the Event
Chatham County invites residents to join us for our 4th annual Spring Ag Fest at the Chatham County Agriculture & Conference Center (CCACC) on Saturday, March 25, 2023, from 10 a.m. to 2 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 arena events, demonstrations, food, and more.
Promotional video about the 2023 Spring Ag Fest.
This event is made possible by the collaborative efforts of the Chatham County Center of N.C. Cooperative Extension, Chatham County Agriculture & Conference Center, Chatham County Farm Bureau, Chatham County Government, Chatham County Soil & Water, Farm Service Agency, and the NC Forest Service.
The Spring Ag Fest is free and open to the public.
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 last Spring Ag Fest.
Livestock Arena Event Schedule*
*Schedule subject to change
- 10:15 a.m.: Welcome
- 10:30 a.m.: Cutting Horse Demonstration
- 11:00 a.m.: Beef and Dairy Cattle Parade of Breeds
- 11:30 a.m.: Sheep & Goats Parade of Breeds
- Noon: Trick Rider
- 12:30 p.m.: Livestock Costume Contest
- 1:00 p.m.: Western Rider Demonstrations
- 1:30 p.m.: English Rider Demonstrations
Chatham County’s Brush Creek Swiss Farms is bringing a cow and will be doing milking demonstrations at 10:15 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 1:15 p.m.
Rodeo entertainer Keith Isley will amuse the crowd in between events at the Livestock Arena!
Several Food Trucks will offer tasty options for lunch:
- Bac 2 Mac
- Duck Donuts Duck Truck
- Maple View Ice Cream
- Pete Da Heat
- Pop Pop Pierogies
- Smitty Pop Kettlecorn
- Tacos Paraiso
- Wildfire Wood-Fired Pizza
- Will & Pop’s
Exhibitors & Vendors
Livestock including cattle, horses, sheep, goats, 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!
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.
Stop by the East Lawn between 11 a.m.-1 p.m. to hear John Mark Ridge play country and bluegrass!
- A Greener World
- Arbor Landscape and Irrigation
- Avillion Farm
- Broley Homestead
- Brooks Contractor
- Carolina Farm Credit
- Carolina Farm Stewardship Association
- Carolina Sunshine Alpaca Farm
- Chatham Central FFA
- Chatham County 4-H
- Chatham County Beekeepers’ Association
- Chatham County Farm Bureau
- Chatham County Farm Service Agency
- Chatham County Historical Association
- Chatham County Livestock Association
- Chatham County Solid Waste & Recycling
- Chatham County Tax Office – PUV
- Chatham Mills Farmers’ Market
- Chatham County Parks and Recreation
- Chatham Sheriff’s Animal Resource Center
- Chatham County Soil & Water Conservation District
- Country Farm & Home Supply
- Cumberland Road Woodturning
- Don E Mor Farm
- Double Nut Farm
- Extension Master Gardener Volunteers of Chatham County
- Friends of the Lower Haw River State Natural Area
- Good Hope Farm
- Grand Trees of Chatham
- Haw River Assembly
- James River Equipment
- Karen’s Carriage Service
- Land Loss Prevention Project
- Luck Stone Corporation
- Mid Atlantic Stihl
- Mule City Specialty Feeds, Inc.
- Nature’s Light Candles LLC
- NC Choices – NCSU/CEFS
- N.C. Cooperative Extension – Chatham County Center
- NC Farm Bureau Insurance
- NC Forest Service
- NC Purple Martin Society
- NC Department of Agriculture – Farmland Preservation
- NC State Extension Forestry
- New Hope Audubon Society
- New Horizons West
- North Carolina Native Plant Society
- Northwood High School FFA
- Painted Pastures
- Pittsboro Farmers’ Market
- Pittsboro Landscape Supply
- Pittsboro Outdoor Power Equipment
- Quality Equipment, LLC (Pittsboro Location)
- Rachel’s Native Plants
- Rocky River Hemp NC, Inc.
- Rocky River Heritage Foundation
- Seaforth High School
- Silk Hope Junior Dairy Group
- South Poll Cattle
- Splendorfarkle Face Painter
- Sustainable Agriculture at CCCC
- TickWarriors and Tick-Borne Conditions United
- Tower Garden/Juice Plus
- Triangle Land Conservancy
- Twelve Oaks Farm LLC
- USDA – Rural Development
- Woodland Farm
- Wright Brothers’ Tree Service
Food Drive Benefiting Chatham Food Banks
Ag Fest visitors are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to the Ag Fest to benefit the CORA Food Pantry and West Chatham 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.
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, and more!
Smokehouse Preservation Project Dedication and Open House
Join us in the courtyard at 12:30 p.m. for the Smokehouse Dedication Ceremony. 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. The Historical Association will be raffling off hams between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. so make sure and stop by!
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
Shuttles start at 9:30 a.m. and run until 2:30 p.m.
For general questions about the Spring Ag Fest, email Tiffany Hancock.
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