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Cumberland County Fair Receives ‘Got to Be NC’ Award

Feb 18, 2020

The Cumberland County Fair was awarded the “Got to Be NC” Agriculture Commissioner Award for its agricultural exhibit displayed during the 2019 Fair held Aug. 30 to Sept. 8 at the Crown Complex. The award was presented at the North Carolina Association of Agricultural Fairs annual convention held in January in Cary, N.C.

The Board of Commissioners honored Cooperative Extension at their regular meeting Feb. 17.

Cumberland County Cooperative Extension created a 900-square foot dairy exhibit featured a milking booth, a live cow, grain bin, early 20th century farm equipment, locally grown sorghum and pumpkins and fruits and vegetables brought in as fair entries. Dairy products were on display to show farm-to-table aspects.

Cumberland County Solid Waste hauled in 15 tons of mulch from the Wilkes Road Compost Facility to create soil for the display. Youth from the Cumberland County 4-H used garden tools to spread the mulch and make rows.

The Junior Fair Board created an interactive family learning center to engage youth and adults. North Carolina State University’s Dairy Unit loaned the Discover NC Dairy kiosk. During peak hours, staff and volunteers recorded 2,438 individual interactions with the information kiosk and completed 431 virtual tours of the dairy farm.

“The Cumberland County Agricultural Fair brought the dairy farm to life in a way that was educational and entertaining for people of all ages,” said Cooperative Extension Director Lisa Childers. “The size and prominence of our award-winning agricultural display exposed fairgoers to the important history and impact of agriculture in Cumberland County.”

“Everyone involved with these exhibits should be very proud of their accomplishments,” said Hubert Bullard, former Cumberland County Fair manager. “A special thanks to the Cumberland County Cooperative Extension for a great job in putting all this together.”

The Cumberland County Fair received the Innovation Award from the N.C. Association of Agricultural Fairs for the Row Crop Agricultural Display at the 2018 Fair.