Currituck Farm Festival a Huge Success!

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Whether you wanted to ride in a tractor parade, pet some goats, eat some great food truck snacks, share your history or hone your skillet throwing game, the Currituck Farm Festival was the place to be last Saturday! The Currituck Farm Festival, sponsored by the North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Currituck County Center and the NC Senior Health Insurance Information Program was held on Saturday, October 2, 2021, at the office in Barco. 

corn display at Farm Festival

Over 500 festival goers were treated to eighteen interactive exhibits on the history and importance of agriculture in Currituck County on a beautiful fall day. The event began with the national anthem followed by an expression of gratitude to Currituck Farmers. The winners of the Handmade and Homegrown Contests were then announced. Winning the adult canning competition with her cinnamon pickles was Jessica Duncan of Moyock. Lynn Bolles won first place honors for her knitted childs hat in the adult arts and crafts division. Jarvisburg’s Christina Cison received first place for her gourds in the adult homegrown division. In the youth contests, Johnathan Cox won the arts and crafts division with his painting of a winter scene while his sister, Isabel Cox received a blue award for her painting of three crosses. Emerald Cison won the cloverbud arts and crafts division with her painted unicorn. 

The event continued with the “Parade of Power” featuring antique farm equipment driven by members of the Albemarle Antique Power Association. Leading the parade was a wagon ridden by Currituck Century Farm Owner, Harvey Roberts. Other century farms in Currituck were recognized at this time as well and include: the James H. Ferebee Sr., James H. Ferebee Jr. farm which originated in 1845; the Sidney P.D. Garrett farm dating back to 1853; the William E. Grandy Sr., and Tommy R. Grandy farm from 1891; the Charlotte R. &  Roy S. Grier farm originally leased in 1898 and purchased in 1901; the Wilbert H. & Elaine N. Roberts also leased in 1898 and purchased in 1901; the Hilery T and Sarah F. Whitehurst farm from 1880; and Currituck’s oldest officially registered century farm on record, the Manly M. West farm which originated in 1780. The rear of the parade featured a barrel train that offered rides to children of all ages throughout the event.

lawn tractor pulling barrel cars

The 2021 Currituck County 4-H Poultry Show was conducted at the conclusion of the parade. This event was the culmination of the 4-H poultry project which started in May. Cloverbud division winners were Emmett White and Laurel Peele. Jenna Peele won the junior showmanship division and was also awarded the honor of grand champion chicken for the show, while Sailor Peele took home top showmanship honors in the senior division. Complete results of the Poultry show can be found on our website.

Youth with chickens in poultry show

Throughout the day, Currituck natives and longtime residents took advantage of the opportunity to share some of their memories for the new podcast, “Rooted in Currituck”. The Rooted in Currituck podcast is a journey through the stories of our podcast guests about growing up and growing in Currituck County, North Carolina. The goal is to highlight and preserve the history of agriculture and agricultural-related organizations in our community. To subscribe to the podcast or hear the first release of those recorded at the festival, go to our Anchor webpage or subscribe to “Rooted in Currituck” wherever you get your podcasts. If you have a story to share contact the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Currituck Extension Center.

woman interviewing man under tent

Visitors were also treated to numerous games for kids, a plant sale conducted by Master Gardener℠ volunteers of Currituck County, delicacies from various food trucks, and even guided tours of the historic photos throughout the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Currituck Extension Center. The event culminated with the wildly popular skillet and wrench throwing contests complete with color commentary and prizes of gold wrenches and skillets for the winners.

man throwing wrench in contests with people watching

“This event was a wonderful opportunity for Currituck residents to pause and say thank you to the farmers and farm workers that feed our nation,” said Cameron Lowe, Currituck County Extension Director. Adam Formella, Currituck Agriculture Extension Agent stated, “we have things highlighting wildlife and maritime history here but nothing that really highlights the importance of agriculture to Currituck. So that was our goal for this event and we were very excited to finally bring it to the public this year after COVID-19 derailed our plans for last fall.”

The N.C. Cooperative Extension, Currituck Extension Center hopes to make this an annual event. For more information on the Currituck Farm Festival or N.C. Cooperative Extension in Currituck County, contact Cameron Lowe via email or phone 252-232-2261.