Farm Expo will be fun for the whole family

Hannah Swayze • Jan 7, 2019 at 11:17 AM

Join the Johnson City Press and The Kingsport Times-News and Kubota of Kingsport for the return of Appalachian Farm Expo in 2019 on Jan. 12 and 13 at the Ron Ramsey Regional Agricultural Center.

Fun for the whole family, this year’s Farm Expo will feature plenty of fun activities, shopping and useful demonstrations for farmers and their families.

This is not at all the first Farm Expo in the area. Other events have focused on specific aspects of farming, but this year, organizers want to bring it back to the area and focus on the bigger picture.

“We want to bring it back to farming and fun,” said David Hyde, an organizer of the expo.

The farm expo truly has something for everyone in the family with a wide variety of demonstrations.

For the children, there will be plenty of farm fun. The 4-H Discovery Playland will be set up for activities for the little ones. They can learn to “milk a cow” at one of the displays or play around with animals at the petting zoo.

For the ladies, the Country Fair and Ladies Market will have over 30 vendors to browse through throughout the weekend.

Rhoton and Smith Furniture Company, Heavenly Stitches, Boones Creek Outdoor Power, West Hills Tractor, M&M Farm Supply, Bath Fitter, Heritage Apples and many more will be on display in the Agricultural Center.

The vendors will be around to talk to customers and share information. The market is a great way to discover local businesses to fulfill farming and other lifestyle needs. Kubota of Kingsport will also have a variety of tractors and other farming equipment to browse and explore.

Exciting demonstrations will also take place throughout the weekend that will be fun for all.

Jason Knight, an accomplish knife-maker and television personality from the show, “Forged in Fire” will be showing audiences how to forge an expert blade Jan. 12 from 1-5 p.m.

And don’t miss a cooking demonstration by local chef, Anne Gorman and her assistant Lori Snow. Gorman will be explaining some tips and trick on what to do with some of those leftover crops from the season and plenty of tips and trick and new spins on some classic farm dishes.

Gorman’s cooking demonstrations will take place throughout the weekend.

Saturday and Sunday from 5-6 p.m the Farm Expo will present, “Ask a Master Gardener.“ Master Gardeners will be available to those with any questions about gardening, farming and planting at these times. Anyone with questions can bring in plants to ask gardeners for advice.

The Master Gardeners will also be demonstrating how to create raised bed gardens at 10 a.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Sunday.

For the hunters in the area, the Appalachian White Tail Association will be on-hand during the weekend and will be scoring deer. The door must have been killed in the last two years and a winner will be announced at 5 p.m. on Sunday.

The Appalachian Farm Expo will take place Saturday, Jan. 12 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. And Sunday Jan. 13 from 1-6 p.m. at the Ron Ramsey Regional Agricultural Center is located at 140 Spurgeon Ln. in Blountville, Tennessee, just minutes from the Tri-Cities airport.

For more information on the event, visit http://www.appalachianfarmexpo.com or call Richard Clark at 423-722-0511.

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