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Farmers’ Appreciation Day set for Oct. 12
Event celebrates rich heritage of county farming
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Staff Photo by Charles Boothe: Whether it was the cow or his technique, Charles Wagner of Rocky Mount didn’t have much luck in the cow-milking contest in 2010. He said he thought it might have been because his hands were too big.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

By CHARLES BOOTHE - Staff Writer

The annual Farmers' Appreciation Day, sponsored by the Franklin County Retail Merchant's Association, will be held Saturday, Oct. 12 at the farmers' market in Rocky Mount.

The event concentrates on the heritage of farmers and will include demonstrations and yesteryear displays, including a blacksmith.

Opening ceremonies are set for 10 a.m. with Farmer of the Year being honored. This year, Leo Scott of Ferrum will be the honoree.

The cake baking contest and cake auction will start at 10:30 a.m.

One of the highlights of Farmers' Appreciation Day this year will be a cow milking contest, pitting Cable 12 personality Dick Shoemaker against Franklin County Administrator Rick Huff.

The "Great Milkoff" will start at 11:30 a.m.

Vendors will be on hand with produce, baked goods, crafts, furniture and other items.

Attendees can also win gifts, including tobacco baskets, an iron wheel and a churn.

Country food will be served -- pinto beans, potatoes and onions, peach cobbler, buttermilk, sweet milk and chocolate milk.

"Our farmers are the backbone of our nation in so many ways, and without them, we would not have the great foods that we enjoy," said Dorothy Cundiff, managing director of the RMA and organizer of the event. "Please join us in celebrating our farm community."

"Whether dairy, grain, cattle or other, our farms give us a way of life that we know is to be close to nature, and to work on a farm requires a lot of hard work, a lot of faith and total commitment," she added.

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