Farm City Tour 2016 set for this Thursday


CULLMAN – This year’s Farm City Tour takes place on Thursday, Oct. 27. The group will meet at the Civic Center, where the tour takes off at 8:30 a.m. Tour-goers should pre-register by contacting co-chairs of the event, Ashley Graves at 256-775-6258 or Travis Kress at 256-734-1431.

This year’s tour begins at Goat Island Brewery and continues to the following places of interest in Cullman County: Drummond Sparks Beef Cattle Farm near Cold Springs, home to 200 registered Hereford and 200 registered Angus females; Camp Meadowbrook, a conservation education facility, and Simcoe Wood Products, producer of pallets, mulch and other wood products.

Lunch will be served at Camp Meadowbrook. Box lunches will be provided as part of the package for a charge of $7.

As part of Farm City Week, which will be held Nov. 18-24, the Farm City Committee will sponsor a Sweet Potato Cook-off on Nov.15. All Cullman City and County Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) students are eligible for the contest. According to Graves, categories for the competition include pies, casseroles, breads and desserts.

“Contestants are required to use at least 2 cups of sweet potatoes per recipe,” she explained. “The contest will be held at the North Alabama Agriplex.”

Please contact Graves or Kress for official rules for the Sweet Potato Cook-off.

“Cash prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place winners,” she added.

The Farm City Committee recently honored the Cullman Electric Cooperative employees for doing such a wonderful job, especially in times of crisis. The breakfast in their honor was in tribute to their dedication to providing Cullman with power even in the worst of weather.

“The City Power Board will also be honored at a later date,” Graves went on the say.

One of the highlights of this annual weekly event which celebrates Cullman’s agricultural heritage is the Farm City Banquet. The occasion will be held on Nov. 17 this year, at the Cullman Civic Center, and is the kickoff for the week’s festivities.

“The whole purpose of Farm City Week is to bring about a better understanding and to increase the knowledge of the rural and urban segments of our community,” Graves pointed out. “The modern lifestyle we all enjoy comes from the fields of rural America and the factories and offices of our urban cities. Without the cooperation and mutual effort of both farmers and city dwellers, the things we enjoy every day would be little more than a dream.”

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