Photos From the 2024 Chatham County Ag Fest

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The Chatham County Spring Ag Fest on March 23, 2024, was a success with a great crowd in attendance in spite of intermittent rain throughout part of the event. The Spring Ag Fest is a celebration of Chatham County’s agriculture, forestry, and natural resources. Visitors enjoyed over 60 indoor and outdoor exhibits highlighting local farms, farmers’ markets, sustainable agriculture, agricultural support and advocacy, agribusiness, beekeeping, livestock, forestry, green industry, wildlife, conservation, and much more. Visitors enjoyed watching several events at the Livestock Arena, including a Parade of Breeds for Beef and Dairy Cattle, a dog herding demonstration, and games for the kids.

Visit the web page for full details of the event including a list of exhibitors and events.

I posted photos from the 2024 Chatham County Ag Fest on Flickr. (Click on the first photo then click on the diagonal arrows icon in the upper right of the screen to enlarge the photo.)

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

Below are a few photos from the event. Visit the Flickr Photo album to see many more!

Dog trainer Claire Apple of Not Quite Right Farm did a fun, entertaining, and educational dog herding demonstration with her Shetland sheepdogs and heritage breed turkeys. Ten year old Glinda could make those turkeys go wherever Claire asked her to put them! Photo by Debbie Roos.

Six year old Panzer Potato had a little different style than his mom Glinda…let’s just say a little less calm but very effective! Photo by Debbie Roos.

Teamster Allison Sturgill with Gabe and Liam from Brush Creek Swiss Oxen. It was amazing to see how much they had grown since last year’s Ag Fest! Photo by Debbie Roos.

Events at the Livestock Arena included a Parade of Breeds for Dairy and Beef. The Dairy Parade of Breeds included a Guernsey shown by Ryland Callicut (left) and a red and white Holstein shown by Emma Langley (right), both in the 4-H program. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Shanna Langley waits her turn to enter the ring with her Brahma for the Beef Parade of Breeds at the Livestock Arena. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Kids loved visiting our 4-H table and interacting with Rachael Blazzard, Extension Agent for CRD & 4-H (left) and Emily Wyant, Extension Agent 4-H Youth Development. Photo by Debbie Roos.

The NC Cattlemen’s Association Meat Puzzle was a big hit all day! Photo by Debbie Roos.

The Ready, Set, Grow Agricultural Magic Show was sponsored by the Chatham County Farm Bureau and Farmer Ed attracted good crowds for three shows. Photo by Debbie Roos.

The Ready, Set, Grow Agricultural Magic Show was a big hit with the kids…lots of squeals and giggles coming from this room all day! Photo by Debbie Roos.

Splendorfarkle Face Painter had some amazingly elaborate creations! Photo by Debbie Roos.

The Exhibit Hall had some excellent indoor exhibitors and vendors. Photo by Debbie Roos.

John Clarke of Cumberland Road Woodturning always has beautiful creations. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Wonderful natural skincare products from Bree Essentials. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Phil Uptmor with the Chatham County Beekeepers’ Association is always a great ambassador for honey bees and beekeepers! Photo by Debbie Roos.

Seaforth FFA always brings it under the leadership of the indomitable Gale Brickhouse (left)! Photo by Debbie Roos.

Area Specialized Forestry Agent Colby Lambert (green shirt and gray cap) from NC State Extension Forestry talks to folks about forestry issues. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Kim Outing demonstrates how to cut back a cover crop in the demonstration garden. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Chatham County’s Woodland Farm was selling tasty cuts of pasture-raised meats. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Lots of visitors stopped to get selfies with Smokey the Bear and to talk with our NC Forest Service county rangers. Photo by Debbie Roos.

There were lots of excellent food truck options at Ag Fest! Photo by Debbie Roos.

Picnic area outside the food trucks. Photo by Debbie Roos.