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Friends of Ag Breakfast – Nov. 8

Monday, November 7th, 2011

ASHEVILLE NC – Buncombe County Friends of Ag Breakfast
Tuesday, November 8 at 7 a.m.
WNC Ag Center, Virginia Boone Building
1301 Fanning Bridge Road

Join us for the Friends of Ag Breakfast!Come join us for the Buncombe County Friends of Ag Breakfast. Enjoy a complimentary country breakfast including local products. Chat with farm friends old and new.

Guest Speaker: Jeanine Davis, NCSU Research Station on Natural Products including Forest and Specialty Crops.

RSVP: [email protected] or call (828) 250-4794 or Melinda Roberts [email protected] or call (828) 255-5522.

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3rd Annual WNC Fly Fishing Expo set for Nov. 5-6, 2011

Monday, August 29th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – The 3rd Annual WNC Fly Fishing Expo kicks off on Nov. 5 at the WNC Agricultural Center. Western North Carolina is blessed with altitude, clean streams, wild trout and consequently, an abundance of people who love to fly fish. The WNC Fly Fishing Expo is a two-day fly fishing extravaganza providing anglers a forum to learn the very latest news and innovations in their sport.

“This event appeals to fly fishers of all levels,” said expo organizer Frank Smith. “Whether you are an advanced angler looking for the latest gear, or a beginner who is ready to get the waders wet, there is something for everyone at this show. And we have brought in a new group of experts who will host a variety of fly fishing related programs.”

Over the years there has been no shortage of things to see and do at the WNC Fly Fishing Expo, and this year will be no different. The lineup for the 3rd Annual event features even more exhibits and speakers than previous years. For those who want to learn more about fly fishing, a distinguished roster of experts will hold programs and presentations throughout the weekend (visit www.wncflyfishingexpo.com for more information.) Presenters include outdoor and fly fishing author Jim Casada; advocate Tim Landis, an instrumental figure in protecting wild fish on the South Holston; fly fishing instructor Star Nolan; Capt. Paul Rose, a pro at sight-fishing for carp; Bill Strickland, expert on the secrets of the Davison River; strike indicator developer Steven Vorkapich; and Beau Beasley, who will introduce folks to trout fishing in Virginia. Pair these top notch programs with fly tying and casting demonstrations from expert instructors, and attendees have the opportunity to learn just about everything there is to know about fly fishing.

Nationally known manufacturers such as Abel, Orvis, Sage, Simms and Fishpond will showcase the newest gear. Area fishing lodges and guide outfitters will give advice about where to fish; organizations dedicated to protecting trout waters and habitat will discuss current issues and initiatives; and more than a dozen fly shops from all over WNC will have every piece of gear imaginable for sale.

The show opens on Saturday at 9 a.m. and runs until 5 p.m., then continues on Sunday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Tickets are available at the door and are $10 for adults and free for children under 16.

Saturday features a local beer tasting with Asheville’s own Highland Brewing Company. The tasting lasts from 2:30 p.m. until 5 p.m. and 12 Bones will be on site throughout the event, cooking up barbeque for hungry expo attendees.

2011 Mountain State Fair Will Feature Plenty of Exciting New Entertainment

Monday, August 15th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – Fairgoers will find plenty of new things in store for them at the 2011 Mountain State Fair, which runs Sept. 9-18 at the Western N.C. Ag Center in Fletcher.

Visitors will find exciting new grounds entertainment to go with plenty of their fair favorites. The Zerbini Family Circus offers up family-friendly fun under the big top with an array of acrobats, trapeze artists, daredevils, circus clowns, dancers, jugglers and animals.

The Kenya Safari Acrobats will amaze with their high-energy show. End-over-end flips, spectacular displays of balance and strength, and choreographed jump roping are all signatures of this troupe, whose members serve as artistic ambassadors for Kenya. Fairgoers will want to catch this daily show near the newly renovated Davis Event Center.

Sept. 9-13, Josh Knotts & Lea will perform extreme illusions and escapes on the Got to Be NC Stage. The magic show features a mix of illusions, theater and comedy that will have fairgoers asking, “How’d they do that?”

Sept. 14-18, Mike Bishop, a comedy hypnotist, will entertain fairgoers on the Got to Be NC Stage. Bishop encourages audience participation and through the power of hypnotic suggestions he will have people impersonating Elvis and doing other entertaining skits.

Drew Exposition returns to provide the thrilling midway rides and games for visitors to enjoy. The Bojangles Music Stage will host local and regional bands and performers for daily shows. In addition, the Mountain Music Competition that runs Sept. 8-17 offers more great entertainment.

Fairgoers can purchase advance tickets through Sept. 8 at participating Ingles stores, the Western N.C. Ag Center and the Western N.C. Farmers Market in Asheville. Adult admission is $6 in advance versus $7 at the gate. Child and senior admission is $2 in advance compared to $3 at the gate. Fairgoer may also want to take advantage of a new special discount offer, the Family Fun Pack, for $30. The pack includes five admission tickets, four coupons good for one ride each and 10 vendor coupons good for discounts on fair foods and at the Airport Road McDonalds.

For more on the 2011 Mountain State Fair, go to www.mountainfair.org.

Premiums Offered for a Song in N.C. Mountain State Fair Gospel Singing Competitions

Monday, August 15th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – The N.C. Mountain State Fair is looking for talented junior, youth and gospel groups from North Carolina to participate in the fair’s gospel-singing competitions, to be held Saturday, Sept. 10, at 9 a.m. on the Heritage Stage. More than $2,000 in premiums will be awarded during the event.

Western North Carolina is full of strong vocalists,” said Matt Buchanan, N.C. Mountain State Fair manager. “The gospel competitions offer a great opportunity for these singers to share their talents with fairgoers on stage.”

Premiums will be awarded to the top three winners in each class: junior solo, for ages 6-10; youth solo, for ages 11-16; adult solo, for performers over the age of 16; youth group, consisting of members between the ages of 6 and 16; and adult group, consisting of members over the age of 16. First place in each solo class wins $150, second receives $100 and third earns $50. First place in each group division takes home $300, second wins $200 and third receives $100. Choirs participating in the group competition can have no more than eight performers.

Singers will be given 10 minutes to perform two songs, and performances will be judged on appearance, presentation and quality, originality and professionalism. A professional sound system will be provided.

Entry forms for the competitions are due Aug. 26. Forms are available on the N.C. Mountain State Fair website at www.mountainfair.org or in the premium book. Copies of the premium book can be picked up at the Western N.C. Ag Center or the Western N.C. Farmers Market in Asheville.

The N.C. Mountain State Fair will be held Sept. 9-18 at the WNC Ag Center in Fletcher. A complete fair schedule is available online at www.mountainfair.org. Questions may be directed to (828) 687-1414.

Friends of Ag Breakfast – August 9

Monday, August 8th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – Network with other farmers, learn about their operations, and enjoy a complimentary country breakfast that includes local products.

Come out and join us at Asheville‘s WNC Ag Center at 7 a.m. on August 9 to share a good meal and talk farming with your friends, neighbors, Commissioners, legislators, and others who support local agriculture.

Reserve your spot by calling Buncombe County Soil and Water at 250-4785 or emailing [email protected].

WNC Mountain State Fair September 9-18, 2011

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – The family event many have been waiting for is quickly approaching in Asheville. The rides, the smells, the food…the turkey legs, cotton candy, corn, and elephant ears.  The WNC Mountain State Fair will be held this year at the WNC Ag Center September 9-18, 2011.  Tickets are $7 for adults (advance $6); children 6-12 $3 (advance $2); children 5 and under are free, Seniors $3 (advance $2).  Tickets can be purchased at Ingles and the WNC Farmers Market, as well as the WNC Ag Center.

The Fair is at the WNC Agricultural Center at 1301 Fanning Bridge Rd Fletcher NC.  Free parking and shuttles, handicap parking, and possible to rent wheelchairs and scooters. http://www.mountainfair.org/mountain-state-fair/general-information.html for more information.