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Farm Expo returning to Kingsport

Staff Report • Dec 19, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Farm Expo will celebrate sixteen great years of farming and family fun with Farm Expo 2013, coming to MeadowView Convention Center in Kingsport January 18-20. The weekend event, a special project of the Northeast Tennessee Media Group, will feature the latest farm, lawn, and garden equipment, products, and services; free farming and gardening seminars, and a host of both old and new activities for the entire family.

MeadowView Convention Center will be filled with trucks, tractors, lawnmowers, ATVs, horse trailers, bailers, and all sorts of farming/gardening related equipment and products. The Country Fair and Ladies Market will feature unique items such as homemade, handmade all natural, fragrance free goat milk soap from Salem Farms. Jan Charles, The Thrill Billy Gourmet, shares easy, delicious, affordable and kid friendly ways to feed your family well. Looms by Denise makes hand dyed/ hand woven pot holders as well as hand made looms.

Kids will love the 4-H Playland and Petting Zoo, featuring live animals, lots of fun and games. This kids' area will open for the weekend at 5:00 pm on Friday, January 18 and parents are encouraged to bring their own cameras. Friday evening Law & Grace will perform gospel music.

A host of old favorites will also return to Farm Expo - an 1850s Farmstead presented by Exchange Place, the First Frontier Quilters of Kingsport, the Little Kids' Tractor Pull, Turkey-Callin' Contest sponsored by National Wildlife Turkey Federation Bays Mountain Chapter, Sunday afternoon Ice Cream Social sponsored by Marble Slab Creamery, and ETSU Bluegrass Band.

Agricultural Extension agents and master gardeners will present free farming and gardening seminars such as Raised Beds, Green Cleaning, Raising Honey Bees, Basics of Growing Corn, Laundry Detergents. Extension agents and master gardeners will also be available throughout the weekend to visit and answer questions from the public.

The Appalachian Whitetail Association will score bucks free all weekend, hold deer scoring workshops on Saturday and award prizes for the best bucks on Sunday afternoon. Bucks must be harvested this past season to compete in this contest.

Lawson Building Supply/Kubota will announce the winner of the Farmer of the Year Award on the main stage Saturday.

Show hours for Farm Expo 2012 are Friday, January 18, from 4 pm - 9 pm; Saturday, January 19, from 10 am - 6 pm; and Sunday, January 20, from 1 pm - 5 pm. For more information, call 423-723-1487 or go to www.TriCitiesEventMarketing.com. Farm Expo is a special project of the Northeast Tennessee Media Group.

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