Join in the Fun With 4-H at the Annual Tractor Parade & AG Day

— Written By Donna Tulley and last updated by

Fall is in the air and with it, many family oriented events at which you will be seeing local 4-Her’s. Come out to the historic square in Hayesville on Saturday, September 27, for the 8th Annual Tractor Parade. Under the red Extension tent, several things will be happening!

Cooperative Extension is celebrating 100 years of service. Come see where we have been and where we are going in the 21st century. Extension will hand out vintage information on many topics of interest. Some of the topics covered are wildlife, fishing, forestry, raising bait, tanning hides, woodland fire safety and many others. Supplies of these resources are limited, so stop by early to choose which pieces you would like to have. Vintage pictures of Extension in Clay County will also be on display, including pictures we need your help in identifying the people and places.

Beginning at 10:00 a.m., there will be several different demonstrations of interest to the general public. Topics covered will include the care of roses, lawn care and farm safety. Master Gardeners will have a children’s craft activity that starts at 11:00 a.m. Information about 4-H in Clay County will be available for anyone interested in participating or starting a club.

The parade will begin at 12:00 p.m. The Clay County Trails and Rails 4-H Horse Club will have a float in the parade and have information about the benefit Horse Show on October 4th at the Shooting Creek Arena in Hayesville. The show is open for adults and children to compete and proceeds go to support the 4-H horse club. This year, 5 youth participated in the annual Horse Clinic, 2 competed and placed at the District level, 2 qualified to compete at the state level and one qualified to compete at the Southeast regional level.

At 1:15, there will be an auction for the 4-H Chick Chain. Youth raised Black Star chicks as their project. We will have Black Star hens to auction at the parade. The proceeds from 10 of these chickens will go back into the fund to provide baby chicks next year for more youth to raise chickens. Black Stars are heavy layers of large brown eggs. Come see these Black Stars that will be available for purchase.

Please mark your calendars for Saturday, September 27, 2014. Come join us in celebrating our heritage and 100 years of Cooperative Extension. As always, please call or come by the office if you need information. We are located at 36 Davis Loop, Hayesville, NC. Our office number is 828-389-6305.

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