DOBSON — “I’ve been out here in the pouring rain, and I’ve been out here in 95-degree heat.”
Bryan Cave, Surry County Extension director, spoke about Saturday’s weather for the annual Celebrating Agriculture event in Fisher River Park. “I’ll take this,” he said of Saturday’s mild temperatures and sunny skies.
“Everything is working out,” added Cave. We’ve got good weather and a great turnout.”
The event filled Fisher River park with children who had put down their phones, tablets, video games and assorted other screens and devices to get their hands dirty with agriculture and then wash them again.
Carmen Long, area agent, Family and Consumer Sciences, said, “It’s so much fun for families to go out and do something together. And the kids can learn something while having fun doing it.”
Here are some additional scene of the fun that was to be had at Celebrating Agriculture. The next opportunity will be at Celebrating Agriculture 2018 on the second Saturday in September.
Braylin Honeycutt, (left) rides a bouncing bull and Danielle Coburn, 5, (right) rides a very bouncy cow.
Rides on this tractor-pulled train were a popular attraction on Saturday. The train circled Fisher River Park at “Celebrating Agriculture” all afternoon.
Matthew White leads Caroline the Cow to stardom as Caroline showed the crowd what she was made of in Surry Central’s game of Cow Patty Bingo. Caroline represented Pac Cattle Co. of Dobson.
A crowd gathers to watch Caroline the Cow’s performance in Cow Patty Bingo. Hundreds of dollars were on the line as Caroline moved among the squares selecting a square to drop a patty.
Tom Bachmann and Joy Hemming manned the front gate, handing out information to attendees.
A row of modern and antique tractors lined the entrance to the festival.
Jase Gaddy (left) and Dru Gaddy (right) pose with Germy, Mayor of Germ City. Germ City was sponsored by NCDA department of food and dairy protection.
Grayson Wolfe and Mason Wolfe was their hands vigorously in preparation to go under the black lights of “Germ City.”
The band “Surry Line” provided entertainment for “Celebrating Agriculture.” From left to right, Rodney Hodges on mandolin, lead singer Michael Motley and Nick McMillian on gretsch.
Maria Armenta poses as a haystack with Beulah 4-H’s installation.
Bentley Hawks (front) looks out of Beulah 4-H’s barn with Tyler and Tabitha Hawks. Bentley said “Celebrating Agriculture was “big.”
Ellizabeth Rojas milks Miss Daisy, the 4-H fake cow. She is assisted by her cousin Maddalynn Edwards, who is behind her.
Jacob Blythe asks James Bledsoe to sign off on “chickens” for him on the scavenger hunt.
Richard Smith looks after his children’s Hampshire/ Suffolk cross show sheep. Grant and Olivia Smith show the sheep at fairs.
Lisa Downing of Lowgap poses with Daisy, a Holstein heifer. Theodore, a Jersey steer, is seen in the background.
Sue Johnson (left) scores an ornamental pepper plant at Master Gardeners plant sale. Carol Sackett (right) is not sure it will fit in the bag.
Hayrides circled the park throughout the day.
This life-size North Carolina Cattlemen’s Association display made it clear which cut of beef is where and how a dairy cow’s gastro-intestinal system works.
The weather was perfect for Saturday’s “Celebrating Agriculture.”
Kenny Foil (left) assists son Jonah with crafts. Sophia Foil is assisted by mom Jessie Foil.
Crafts in the 4-H tent were a popular activity with the kids.
Whitney Collins, Surry Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development, takes a break in the 4-H tent with her twins, Carter and Cade Collins.
Caroline is being petted by Skyler Irwin (left) who wants to be a veterinarian. Aiden Frank (center) and Jason Irwin (right) maintain a safe distance from Caroline who has a very loud moo. Caroline is munching hay in preparation for her duties in Cow patty Bingo which would come later in the day.
Reach Bill Colvard at 336-415-4699.