Farm Expo 2019 continues today, features farm equipment, cooking demonstrations, vendors fair

J. H. Osborne • Jan 13, 2019 at 9:00 AM

BLOUNTVILLE — If you’re interested in farm equipment, gardening advice or tips, handmade crafts and treats, cooking or heritage apple identification, you’ve still got a chance to visit Farm Expo 2019.

The free event ($5 per car parking) continues from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. today at the Ron Ramsey Agricultural Center, 140 Spurgeon Lane, Blountville. That’s just off Highway 75, about two miles from Northeast State Community College, going toward State Route 126.

Farm Expo 2019, presented by Kubota of Kingsport and sponsored by the Kingsport Times News and the Johnson City Press, features dozens of displays and vendors, along with multiple live demonstrations. It also is giving many attendees a first-time look at the center, since the expo is the first large public event held there.

On Saturday, more than 3,000 people attended, organizers said.

A walk through the center made clear it was a family outing for many, and children of all ages love a chance to get behind the wheel of anything on wheels — whether they can actually crank up the engine (they couldn’t).

Livestock displays also proved popular with children and adults alike, with sheep, goats, chickens, a calf, a miniature horse and rabbits among animals on hand for an up close look-see.

The Country Fair & Ladies Market features unique art, handmade crafts, soaps and other items, as well as baked goods and informational booths for some local organizations and services.

One of the more unique displays is Tom Brown’s heirloom apple display, featuring more than five dozen types of apples — from the more than 1,000 varieties Brown has located and identified on a quest that’s taken him to seven states.

Other big draws were free forging demonstrations by “Forged in Fire” winner and judge Jason Knight, a series of cooking demonstrations by Chef Anne, and the chance to ask one-on-one questions of master gardeners.

Chef Anne’s cooking demos on Saturday included healthy fried chicken, okra succotash, buttermilk ice cream, two takes on meatloaf and two types of chili. Her lineup today includes: Apple pie (2 p.m.); Time with your kids — fun with crescent rolls (3 p.m.); Don’t forget the drinks — love potions to share with your loved ones (4 p.m.); and Health spin — hide the veggies in this pizza for everyone.

Other demonstrations today include how to build raised beds, presented by master gardeners (at 2 p.m. and again at 3:30 p.m.) and the announcement of the winner of the Appalachian Whitetail Association’s Buck Scoring Competition (at 5 p.m.).

There is no off-site parking or shuttle service today. Parking at the site is $5 per car, so carpool for the best deal. Admission to the expo and to all demonstrations is free. For more about the event, visit www.appalachianfarmexpo.com.

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