Chamber event highlights agritourism

The Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce is holding its first Shenandoah Valley Agritourism Festival … A Fields of Gold Celebration 1-6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, at Hermitage Hill Farm & Stables off of Madrid Road in Augusta County.

The Festival will be a family-centered afternoon to celebrate our agriculture heritage. More than 50 hometown/homegrown products and services will be on hand for sale, demonstration, to taste and educate visitors on getting back to the basics of living.

“We have been overwhelmed with the response from the vendors,” said Chamber President Linda Hershey. “This is the first time the Shenandoah Valley has had so many agriculture and agritourism-related businesses available at the same time for the community to be able to get back to their roots and observe!”

Headline speaker for the agriculture seminars is Joel Salatin, Polyface Farm, who will be speaking on the topic of “Aesthetically, Aromatically and Sensually Romantic Farms.” “Grow More Than You Mow-How Did We Get Here” is the topic of Tim Byrd, Blue Ridge Community College, and Jason Carter, Virginia Tech Extension, will round out the afternoon with a presentation on “What is Agriculture in Augusta County?”

Children’s activities will include a pedal pull contest, a petting farm, pumpkin and face painting, a rolling miniature speedway,sheep herding and blacksmithing demonstrations, along with prizes for the best-dressed scarecrow.

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