MOUNT VERNON — Knox County Executive Director for Farm Service Agency, Katie Hill, invites county residents to visit Farm First Friday in September.
The Celebrity Pie Throwing Contest will be one of many highlights of Farm First Friday hosted by the Knox County Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Knox Soil and Water Conservation District on Sept. 1, from 6-9 p.m., in downtown Mount Vernon.
Agriculture will descend down the 100 block of South Main Street starting at the First-Knox National Bank’s parking lot filling the street with machinery, animals, displays, agricultural activities, and agriculture vendors and organizations. All booths will have a short hands-on activity or display to teach kids and their parents about how food gets from the farmers field to the grocery store.
Kids and parents can learn how a cow is milked, sit on tractors and learn about how they are used in the fields around Knox County, and talk with farmers and ask answer questions on what it takes to bring food from fields to dinner plates. Local orchards will have apples on hand for the picking. Maple syrup producers will show guests the process of how syrup is made and have maple cotton candy. The Bee Keepers Association will demonstrate how bees pollinate plants to make food.
Guests can also visit vendors from the Farmers Market, learn about soil erosion, ethanol vehicles and corn products, why the farm bill is important to everyone, by-products from the Cattleman’s and Sheep Improvement Association, food safety, cooking demos, pedal tractor races, and much more.
This event is brought to you by Knox County’s Agricultural industry to help residents understand the importance of agriculture in the community and beyond.
For more information, call the FSA office at 392-0891 or visit www.VisitDowntownMountVernon.com.