Francisco News

Sylvia Burton - Special for The Stokes News

It’s hard to believe we have less than a month to prepare for the Francisco FarmFest. Organizers of the FarmFest are meeting weekly to put the last minute preparations together. We still need sponsors, volunteers, bakers, vendors, tractor drivers and tractor photos. If interested in any of these categories, please let Texie Jessup know at 336-351-4142 and she will be glad to point you in the right direction.

We are receiving many tractor photos for our tractor photo contest, but would love to have more, so now the entry fee of $5 has been waived. Send us your best shots. Photos will be voted on at the Francisco FarmFest and the winners will be featured in our 2019 Tractor Calendar. The grand prize winner will have their tractor photo on the cover.

Local businesses can still promote their services and support the community at the same time by purchasing one of several sponsorship packages offered by the Our Communities of NW Stokes Foundation. Since the foundation is a 501(c)(3), the contribution is tax deductible. For more information, go to the Farmfest website at

Music has always been one of the highlights of the FarmFest and this year is no exception. Wonderful groups have already signed up to entertain. So if you’re walking around enjoying all the ol’timey demonstrations or looking at the beautiful exhibits in our Fiber house, you’ll have the music in the background to put a smile on your face and a spring in your step.

We won’t be stingy with the kids’ activities. We’ll have plenty of games for the children of all ages and a favorite from last year’s FarmFest, the cow train, will be back. The kids loved this and so did some adults as well!

We still have spots for vendors, so if interested, please contact Susie Parker at Remember, items must be homegrown or handmade. The vendor fee is $20 and each vendor must furnish their own display equipment. All applications must be submitted by September 1.

And of course, we will have food. Hot dogs and barbeque with all the fixins will be available and the popular Baker’s Corner with homemade bread, cakes, pies and sweet treats will also be set up.

The Francisco FarmFest welcomes all, whether you just want to reminisce of a simpler time or you’re young enough to wonder what it was like “back in the day.” Saturday, September 22 is the day, from 10 am to 5 pm is the time and the former Francisco School grounds is the place. Mark your calendar.

The Dan River Baptist Church will have its annual Homecoming Service Sunday, August 26. Service will begin at 11:00 am and lunch will follow in the fellowship hall. Everyone is invited to attend. The church is located on Highway 704 in Francisco.

Prayers for the Mary Ann Martin Atkins family. Ann passed away last week at her home. She was 76.

Sylvia Burton

Special for The Stokes News