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Farm-City Week will celebrate cotton heritage

KEVIN STARR
Guest Columnist

This year’s Farm-City Week observance will kick off with a 6:30 p.m. banquet on Oct. 10 at the Laboratory Mill near Lincolnton. The festivities will help us remember the important role that cotton has played in the agricultural and manufacturing heritage of Lincoln County.  We’ll enjoy a delicious “breakfast for supper” menu. This former cotton mill has been lovingly restored by John and Cyndi Dellinger. John will share a presentation about the history of the mill. There will also be a cotton spinning demonstration which should prove very interesting. The Extension and Community Association, formerly known as Extension Homemakers, will also have displays celebrating their 100th anniversary. We’ll close out the evening with some humorous “Cecil and Leonard” stories told by 4-H’er, Tanner Ingle.
Farm-City Week was begun by Kiwanis International in the 1950s to help increase understanding between the rural and urban segments of society. It continues on in many communities through the efforts of Cooperative Extension and the supporting sponsors. This year’s sponsors are Carolina Farm Credit, the Lincoln County Apple Festival, Lincoln County Farm Bureau, Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce and the Denver Lake Norman Rotary Club.
Tickets are $8 each, with children 5 and under eating for free. They must be purchased in advance and are available at the Extension Office (115 West Main Street, Lincolnton) and at the Denver Farmers Market. They can be purchased by mail and are also available online at https://farmcity.eventbrite.com/.  For more information, call us at 704-736-8452.
The Farm-City Week celebration will continue in November with a cotton picking contest. The tentative date is Saturday, November 2. Loy Huss is graciously allowing us to use one of his cotton fields for the contest. More information on this and possible tours will be available at the banquet.

Kevin Starr is Lincoln County’s Extension Director.

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