DOBSON — Celebrating Agriculture is what happened Saturday at Fisher River Park in Dobson. Locals who live in Surry County, and others born here but who had moved to surrounding areas, returned to a tradition they remembered as a child.
The Surry Center’s annual Celebrating Agriculture event kicked off at 3 p.m. Saturday with children eagerly awaiting to look at tractors and farming equipment and to get a chance to pet and feed livestock.
A couple from Sparta — Steve and Elizabeth Brooks — drove down with their daughter, Cate. “Do you want to go see the horse again?” asked Cate’s father, in which she respond quickly with a nod and huge smile. “She really likes this horse,” said her mother.
Lisa Downing, a veterinary technician, brings her horse to events such as the agriculture fair and the farm fest as often as she can.
The Surry County Cattlemen’s Association served beef raised in the county. The smell of fresh cooked burgers could entice anyone from the surrounding areas to visit the event. The statement, “This is a great burger,” was heard from several patrons walking away as they had taken a bite.
North Carolina State Extension Master Gardeners had their annual plant sell where the booth attendants could be seen explaining to customers what each plant was and how to care for each individual plant. Sign-up sheets were also available for anyone who was interested in learning to grow and care for their own at-home garden.
James River Equipment had three new tractors on display for the crowd to look at to learn just how they work.
Mount Airy Tractor and Equipment also had a new Kubota tractor on display. An employee, who had been with the the business more than 30 years, sat next to the tractor and told one man he never, “expected the Kubota line to grow so much over the years.” He told several people he could remember when the Kubota line had less than 20 models and now it has more than 100. “It’s really something to see what all these machines can do.”
One family brought their young son, Kallen Royall, to the Celebrating Agriculture fair to see the tractors and animals. Elisabeth Royall said her husband often spoke about coming to the fair as a child. “We wanted Kallen to enjoy this experience too,” she said.
Kallen participated in shelling cobs of corn and then playing in the kernels. The entire family had traveled to Dobson from Winston-Salem.
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