Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Backroads Farm Tour Offers Animal Viewing, Produce Samples and Beautiful Country Views

Downloadable brochure available here.

The 2011 Henderson County Backroads Farm Tour, a self-guided tour that offers patrons of all ages first-hand looks at up to nine local farming operations, will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 24.

Attractions on the free tour include Boucherie Vineyards, the freshwater prawn harvest at Double A Farms, llamas and alpacas at Fun Farm, crafts and landscaping plants at Hillcrest Baskets and Greenhouse, a pumpkin patch and kid-friendly animals at Part Time Farm, horses at Rolling Hills Equestrian Center, wines and cheeses at Ruby Moon Vineyard and Winery, honey and produce at Stone Hill Honey and a grain harvest demonstration by Triple E Farms on its fields off Outer Fifth Street.

Co-hosted by the Henderson-Henderson County Chamber of Commerce's Agriculture Committee and the Henderson County office of the University of Kentucky Extension Service, the tour is designed to educate the public about area farm operations and remind residents about the importance of agriculture in the local economy.

Participants can start at any of the locations on the tour and stay as long at each venue as they like. No reservations are needed. Starting on Sept. 20, tour programs with maps will be available at the extension office on Zion Road, the chamber office at 230 Second Street, the downtown branches of local banks and at the Henderson County Tourist Commission office on Water Street. The day of the tour, programs will be available at each farm, and from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on the day of the tour, programs and more information will be handed out at the extension office.

The Henderson County Backroads Farm Tour is sponsored by Raben Tire, Independence Bank, Crop Production Services, Windimere Farms, Triple E Farms, Purcell Tire, Ohio Valley Financial Group, Southern States, Cates Farm, Old National Bank, Henderson County Farm Bureau, Gavilon/Peavey, Parrish Shop & Sales, Farm Credit Services and Benton-Glunt and Tapp funeral homes and Roselawn Memorial Gardens.

For more information about the tour, call the extension office at (270) 827-8387. A digital version of the program and map is available by clicking here. Maps of the tour are also available at The Depot, 101 N. Water Street, Henderson, KY Monday-Friday 9am-5pm and Saturday 10am-2pm.

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