Farmfest celebrates the old ways


By Dean Palmer - Special to the News



Local residents came out to see local history and to share their own memories during last year’s inaugural Francisco Farmfest. The event is scheduled again for this weekend.


The group Our Communities of Northwest Stokes will host its second annual Francisco Farmfest on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Francisco School.

According to Farmfest Committee Chairman Texie Jessup, a full day of activities has been planned around the theme of “Homegrown and Handmade.” Jessup noted that only vendors who create their own merchandise are included in the show.

There is no charge for admission.

Fittingly, the day will begin with a 10 a.m. tractor parade around school grounds, a tribute to the agricultural heritage which helped to build and sustain the rural community. Farm equipment, will also be displayed and demonstrated throughout the day. Included will be heritage tobacco equipment and a tobacco tying demonstration.

Local artists and craftsmen will be on hand to display and discuss their work along with other vendors and offerings. An assortment of games and activities will also be offered for children.

A “Fiber House,” dedicated to the memory of Alma Dunkley, will feature handmade quilts, crocheted items, weaving and any other fiber crafts. The display will also include an assortment of items made from tobacco twine.

A “Bakers’ Corner” will feature an assortment of homemade sweet treats donated by some of Francisco’s best bakers.

Entertainment in the form of live music will be played throughout the day by favorite local bands.

And a Farmers Market will be offering an assortment of fresh-from-the-garden produce.

A documentary film was produced from last year’s inaugural Farmfest and it will be shown throughout the day. Filming will continue during this year’s event for a new documentary, a portion of which will include “Greatest Generation” stories and interviews from local men and women of the World War II era.

“If we don’t get them now, we’re going to lose some wonderful stories,” Jessup noted.

Hot dogs will be available throughout the day and barbecue will be offered from 3-5 p.m. Three scenic “Photo Spots” will also be available, decorated with authentic farm equipment and agriculture.

The day has been planned to coincide with the annual Francisco School reunion, with reunion attendees invited to stop by and enjoy the activities.

“Planning this on the day of the reunion worked really well last year,” Jessup noted. “Our day was a success with about 500 people in attendance. We were very pleased.”

“The tobacco displays in particular bring a lot of people together to share memories,” she continued. “We want to preserve Francisco history and we want to promote Francisco and its surrounding communities. We had a great time last year and we’re looking forward to continuing to promote the Northwest Stokes region.”

The school is located at 7165 Highway 89 W in Westfield.

Local residents came out to see local history and to share their own memories during last year’s inaugural Francisco Farmfest. The event is scheduled again for this weekend.
http://www.pilotmountainnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/web1_DSC06744.jpgLocal residents came out to see local history and to share their own memories during last year’s inaugural Francisco Farmfest. The event is scheduled again for this weekend.

By Dean Palmer

Special to the News

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