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Things to do on a weekend - Explore some Farm Heritage

Watauga County has grown immensely the last many years, but at its heart it's still very much an agricultural community. There's not just established Christmas tree farms and budding vineyards, but apple orchards, cattlemen and active beekeepers. All of those disciplines and more will come to light during the Cove Creek Farm Heritage Day, set for all day Saturday at historic Cove Creek School. It's an event tailored to kids and local farmers showing off their work.

Cove Creek Farm Heritage DaySpecial activities for children include face painting, balloons, Billy Joe Ward’s handmade toys, fire trucks, wagon rides, an insect demonstration and the children’s playground. Livestock, wildlife and other animals will be on the old Cove Creek School grounds as well, such as horses, goats, chickens, pigs, cows and calves and cattle and other small animals. The Blue Ridge Wildlife Institute will also showcase rescued birds and animals. Cornmeal grinding, apple butter, canning, quilting and weaving demonstrations will be held throughout the day inside the school and the outside grounds. A Civil War historian will be present, too.

Booths will feature locally made crafts including Debbie Trivette with her corn shuck dolls, Green Mother Goods and Perkinsville Clockworks. Food will be available: BBQ, hot dogs, pinto beans and cornbread, lemonade, funnel cakes and local produce.

There will also be live music (of course!) and a plant clinic with Master Gardeners. Everything takes places on the grounds of the Historic Cove Creek School. It includes a playground area, picnic shelter, and both a basketball and tennis courts.