Farm Fest organizers seek vendors, parade participants

By Jessica Johnson

April 15, 2014

Downtown Mount Airy's Mayberry Farm Fest is seeking craft vendors and those interested in providing demonstrations/exhibits to participate in the event on May 17 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., as well as participants for the popular Tractor Parade on May 16 at 6 p.m.

Farm Fest is a celebration of all things agriculture and a way to celebrate the area's agricultural roots with food, music, family fun, tractors, and more. It is also a way to recognize farmers and their efforts, according to Downtown Business Association Treasurer Jennie Lowry Caudill, who added that the DBA is looking for vendors to not only sell arts and crafts, but also demonstrate their crafts for those who attend.

At its more recent meeting, the DBA board members shared that they would love to have people and groups to demonstrate and/or sell art items and heritage crafts such as yarn-spinning, sheep shearing, quilting, blacksmiths, basket-making, sewing, embroidery, knitting and crochet, beekeepers with their honey, homemade soaps, local artists and photographers, and other arts and crafts vendors. Food vendors are also welcome.

Community groups can also join the event, especially those who are willing to do some type of agriculturally-related demonstration and/or displays such as livestock and educational displays.

Farmers and greenhouses have set up successful booths in the past, selling items such as tomato and herb plants as well as farm equipment displays, DBA member and Farm Fest organizer Gail Hiatt shared.

The Tractor Parade, the annual kick-off for Farm Fest, enjoyed a huge crowd last year, DBA President Phil Marsh said. Forty tractors participated in the parade last year.

After the parade, children are invited to bring their own toy tractors, electric toy vehicles, pedal cars, bikes, tricycles, and other ride-able toys for the children's parade, which will start as soon as the Tractor Parade concludes. Participants in the children's parade will ride down North Main Street through downtown Mount Airy, starting at Oak Street. Sign-ups are not needed for participation in the children's parade portion of the Tractor Parade —those who wish to participate should gather at or near the corner of Oak Street and N. Main immediately after the Tractor Parade concludes.

For more information on Farm Fest, visit To participate as a vendor or demonstrator, and/or to participate in the Tractor Parade, email or call 783-9505.