Farm Bureau gearing up for fourth Agriculture Day

The Frederick County Farm Bureau is gearing up to once again educate the public on local agriculture at its fourth annual Main Street Ag Day in Old Town Winchester.

Bruce Carpenter, of the Farm Bureau, said the goal of this year’s event – as in years past – is to “try to bring part of the farm to town, to showcase it to our urban neighbors.”

In previous Ag Day events, Carpenter noted, “We’ve averaged 3,000 to 6,000 people, depending on whose numbers you use from downtown, most of which are city dwellers … who are two or three generations removed from the farm.”

Carpenter noted that industry representatives and producers from local farm markets – including Linda’s Mercantile and Marker Miller Orchards – as well as Lord Fairfax Community College will be available to educate attendees on the world of farming.

“We attempt … to showcase the different aspects of agriculture and to show young people potential careers other than just being a farmer,” Carpenter said. “I mean, there’s science of crops and animal health, marketing and engineering that all go into agriculture.”

In addition, Carpenter mentioned that there will be music from bands in genres such as folk, Americana and bluegrass playing throughout the day.

“It’s gonna be a time, the weather should be perfect. We’re looking forward to seeing everyone out there,” Carpenter said.

The Farm Bureau’s Agriculture Day will take place at Old Town Winchester Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. More information can be found at:

Contact staff writer Kevin Green at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or

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