Farm Expo will celebrate 16 years of farming fun this weekend at MeadowView

Katina Rose • Jan 16, 2013 at 10:13 AM

Fun for the entire family is coming to MeadowView Convention Center in Kingsport, Jan. 18-20, as Farm Expo 2013 celebrates 16 years of family-based activities, entertainment and farming resources.

For a complete schedule of events, visit www.tricitieseventmarketing.com.

"Although this event is a celebration of farmers, with the award presented on Saturday to recognize individuals for exemplary efforts in agriculture, there is something for everyone. You will find something for the backyard gardener, the outdoor enthusiast, and kids of all ages. Great music, cooking and all sorts of farming/gardening-related equipment and products will be on hand all weekend. The Lawson-Kubota Main Stage and the convention hall at MeadowView will be brimming with activity," said Traci Williams, event marketing director for the Northeast Tennessee Media Group.

There will be plenty of trucks, tractors, ATVs and an assortment of farm- and garden-related equipment and products to view. Along with the wide array of equipment, there will also be a Country Fair and Ladies Market. Enjoy shopping from a variety of unique and homemade items, such as fragrance-free goat milk soap from Salem Farms and hand-dyed/hand-woven potholders from Looms by Denise.

Jan Charles, The Thrillbilly Gourmet, will provide tips on how to feed your family well with easy, delicious and affordable meals.

Don’t forget to bring the kids with you to Farm Expo. There will be a 4-H Playland and Petting Zoo. The zoo will feature sheep, rabbits, alpacas, and many more animals, in addition to fun and games for kids of all ages. Adding to the fun, a local family is setting up an incubator with a dozen chicken eggs in hopes that attending children will have the opportunity to see them hatch.

The kids’ area will open for the weekend at 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 18. There will be plenty of photo-taking opportunities so, parents and grandparents, don’t forget to bring your camera to capture the kids having fun.

While the kids are playing on Friday evening, and after you've finished shopping, relax and enjoy listening to Law & Grace perform live gospel music at 7 p.m.

Of course, traditional favorites will be back again this year, too. The Exchange Place will present an 1850s farmstead. The First Frontier Quilters of Kingsport will set up a display. The long-time favorite Little Kids’ Tractor Pull and the Turkey-Callin’ Contest, sponsored by National Wildlife Turkey Federation Bays Mountain Chapter, will all take place again at Farm Expo 2013.

Another family favorite will take place on Sunday afternoon for ice cream enthusiasts. There will be an Ice Cream Social, sponsored by Marble Slab Creamery, from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 19. The rich sounds of bluegrass performed by the ETSU Bluegrass Band will be heard throughout the room, beginning at 3 p.m., as the Ice Cream Social takes place.

Do you have farming and gardening questions? Come by and ask one of the agricultural extension agents and master gardeners available throughout the weekend and enjoy their free seminars.

For the hunter in your family, the Appalachian Whitetail Association will score bucks free all weekend, and will award prizes for the best buck of this past season on Sunday afternoon.

Lastly, don’t miss the announcement of the winner of the Farmer of the Year award on the Lawson-Kubota Main Stage Saturday.

Farm Expo is open from 4 to 9 p.m., Friday, Jan. 18; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 19; and 1 to 5 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 20. Admission is $6 at the door. Children ages 12 and under will be admitted free with a paying adult. Advance tickets are $5 each, and can be purchased at the Kingsport Times-News, the Johnson City Press and the Herald & Tribune in Jonesborough.

For a schedule of events, visit http://www.tricitieseventmarketing.com/event/farm-expo-2013/.

For more information, call 423-723-1487. Farm Expo is a special project of the Kingsport Times-News and the Johnson City Press.

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