Last updated: May 31. 2013 2:34PM - 84 Views
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Christmas came early to folks in the Ashe County agriculture community when landowners Sam and Shirley Church signed over 4.11 acres in West Jefferson for use as an Agricultural Expo Center. The signing took place last Thursday at the Agricultural Services Center in Jefferson.
The Church’s have donated this land along NC 163 to the North Carolina Agricultural Foundation, Inc. to be used for an Ashe County Agricultural Expo Center.
A Memorandum of Understanding between Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Church and the NC Cooperative Extension Foundation, an entity of the NC Agricultural Foundation, for the creation of the Samuel and Shirley Church Ashe County Agricultural Exposition Site Endowment is “an effort to perpetuate the values, goals, and love for their land and agriculture, the Samuel and Shirley Church Ashe County Agricultural Exposition Site Endowment will be established in the NC Cooperative Extension Service Foundation at NC State University.” The endowment is established through this donation of land. The purpose of the endowed fund is to maintain the donated property in agricultural and forestry use, and to support Cooperative Extension programs and activities.
The Ashe “Friends of Agriculture” Fund was established this past February to provide support for this project, to create an Ag Expo Center.
“Agriculture is Ashe County’s Heritage and is also Ashe County’s largest industry,” said Grier Hurley with the Ashe County Agricultural Expo Committee. “There is no better way to assure Ashe County citizens of continuing that part of our heritage than providing a place for the children and youth to continue agricultural activities. Since June 2006 a group of interested individuals have worked to see that the dream of having an Expo Center becomes a reality. Acquiring a location for the Expo Center is the beginning.”
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