“Both Youth and Adult Activities for 2013 Anson Ag Expo”

— Written By Janine Rywak and last updated by

The 2013 Anson Ag Expo & Fair will feature unique opportunities for young and old alike at this year’s event. Scheduled for Friday September 27 and Saturday, September 28, plan to participate in something fun for everyone.

Returning this year are the Scarecrow Competition for all ages, Creative Squash Challenge for youth and the Local Foods Bake-Off for adults. In addition, the annual Youth Scavenger Hunt will be going on, as well as the Kiddie Tractor Pull.

The Creative Squash Challenge is a youth competition comprised of decorating and crafting a unique creation from any type squash, from zucchini to pumpkins. Squash must be entered at the Ingram Room of the Lockhart-Taylor Center on Friday, September 27 between 7:00 and 8:00 p.m.

Entries will be judged on Saturday morning at 10:45 a.m. and judging is open to the public. Three age groups will each receive prize money for placing first $15, second $10 and third $5. Ribbons will also be awarded.

Scarecrows for competition must be registered on Friday evening between 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. and must be made of at least 50% straw or hay. Scarecrows will be set up outside the Ingram Room for judging and display. Judging is at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday.

The Local Foods Bake-Off will feature entries of baked items made from local foods. At least one local food ingredient must be used. Local food items may be purchased, but must still be locally produced. Local in this event is defined as within 30 miles of Wadesboro.

Baked items must be entered on Saturday, September 28 from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. in the Ingram Room of the Lockhart-Taylor Center. A recipe must be submitted with the entry designating the local food ingredient. Judging will take place at 11:00 a.m. and is open to the public.

Premium money will be awarded for first $40, second $25 and third, $15, and ribbons will also be provided. Prize money and ribbons for Expo events and activities are courtesy of Anson County Farm Bureau. Don’t forget that all items, decorated squash, baked local foods and scarecrows can be picked up at 2:00 on Saturday.

The Kiddie Tractor Pull is open to ages 3 – 8, will have registration from 9:30 until 10:50 a.m., and then the racing begins at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 28. Youth will be divided into weight classes, and prizes include ribbons and John Deere toy tractors, courtesy of Martin Brothers Equipment Company.

Finally, the Youth Ag Scavenger Hunt will be going on throughout the day with registration beginning at 9:00 a.m. The drawing is at 12 noon for a bicycle. All youth that wear their Celebrating Anson Agriculture t-shirt will be entered twice to win.

New shirts have arrived for sale this year. Green adult and youth shirts are $8 and $6. They are on sale now at the Cooperative Extension Center on McLaurin Street.

Guidelines for all categories, as well as the fair, livestock show, educational exhibits and complete line-up of events are available on the Anson County Cooperative Extension website at http://anson.ces.ncsu.edu/ and the 2013 Anson Ag Expo & Fair Facebook page.

 So pull out your favorite recipe, find a local ingredient, help your young friends locate the perfect squash to decorate, and enter it to win! These events will be different and entertaining. So will the rest of the opportunities at the 2013 Anson Ag Expo & Fair.

Come out and enjoy the fun. Celebrate agriculture in Anson!