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Sylvia Burton - Special for The Stokes News

When the Our Communities of NW Stokes started planning our first Francisco FarmFest, we knew we had something special. It was a way to bring the community together to celebrate our agricultural heritage and focus on those special attributes that are here in our own backyard. Each year, we have continued to commemorate our wonderful past, showcasing people, places and things that make our community unique. Fast forward to today and our 3rd Annual Francisco FarmFest and have we got an event for you!

People loved our Tractor Parade. So it’s back this year. If you have a tractor that you would like to display and drive in our parade, call Stephen Jessup at 336-351-4142. Stephen is also in charge of all the farming equipment that we have on display. If it’s old, used or unusual, call Stephen and he will advise you on when and where to bring it. Speaking of tractors, this year we have a tractor photo contest. This contest is open to any age. The photo must be at least 5 x 7 or an 8 x 10 landscape shot. The winners will be presented in the Our Communities of NW Stokes 2019 Tractor Calendar and the Grand Prize winner will be on the cover and receive $25 cash prize. Submit your entry to Our Communities of NW Stokes, 7104 NC 89 West, Westfield, NC 27053. Entries must be postmarked no later than September 1 and received no later than September 5. For more details, go to Francisco FarmFest on Facebook.

For those that are interested in a vendor spot, contact Susie Parker at Since our Farmfest celebrates the homegrown and handmade, this is only for farmers, producers and vendors who design, make and sell their own handcrafted items. We will not accept applications from food vendors (those who sell sandwiches, drinks or baked goods) since money from Our Communities Bakers’ Corner and hot dog /BBQ sales go toward local projects. A vendor spot will be 10’ x 10’ and you must furnish your own display equipment such as tables, booths and tents. A fee of $20 will be charged for each space and must be submitted with an application form.

Perhaps you or your business would like to be a sponsor of our Francisco FarmFest. Your support is vital to ensure that this event and future FarmFest events are successful in not only bringing people together but celebrating what makes this area so great. This is a family event. What business would not want to promote this?? Our sponsorship package offers five levels, each with its own perks of recognition. Since Our Communities of NW Stokes Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit, your donation is tax deductible. For more information, go to

This is just a small sample of what Francisco Farmfest is all about. We only have a little over a month to put on the finishing touches and iron out details. I’ll have more to come in the following weeks on what you can expect with our FarmFest. Be sure to put it on your calendar, Saturday, September 22, at the former Francisco School Playground, now owned by Chestnut Street Investments, LLC. and co-host of our Francisco FarmFest.

Please keep the family of Ruth Collins Jefferson in your prayers. Ruth, 96, of the Collinstown community passed away Friday. Everyone that knew her, loved her. She will be missed.

Sylvia Burton

Special for The Stokes News