BRISTOL, Tenn. — The weather felt more like April or May than January Saturday as the 2020 Farm Expo presented by Kubota of Kingsport kicked off at Bristol Motor Speedway’s South Building.
It was a good day to dream about spring at the Expo while surrounded by the equipment and knowledge you’ll need when April and May actually get here to meet your full potential when farm and garden season kicks in again.
The Farm Expo continues Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The highlights of the day Saturday were a National Wild Turkey Federation turkey calling contest and a charity auction conducted by Slater Auction Company to benefit the Kingsport Times News Rescue Fund and Johnson City Press Christmas Box.
Among the turkey call contest winners were Landon Weeks of Heiskell, Tenn.; Anthony Woods from Richlands, Va.; Corey Powell from Westminster S.C.; and Levi Brewer from Long Creek, S.C.
The petting zoo was popular with the kids, who had an opportunity to mingle with baby sheep, a donkey named Homer, a cow, chickens, and some goats. There was also a child’s wading pool filled with feed corn, and youngsters played with toy tractors and backhoes in the corn.
But the star of the show was probably the huge assortment of farm and outdoorsman equipment on display. Tractors, ATVs, excavators, mowers, pickups, trailers and more — all of which will be back on display when the event reopens Sunday morning.
If you didn’t make it Saturday, there’s still a lot to see Sunday when the event opens again at 10 a.m. Among the attractions are 52 booths and/or demonstrators, two stages, a petting zoo, antique tractors, health screenings, and presentations by Master Gardeners.
Stage One has three programs Sunday including a lesson on raised beds by Doug Hilton at 10 a.m.; the 2020 county and regional Farmer of the Year announcement at 1 p.m.; and lessons on growing hemp, presented by Rural Resources at 2 p.m.
Sunday on Stage Two features Cultivating Native Botanicals at 10 a.m.; Grow Your Own Vegetables at 11:30 a.m.; connecting small and medium scale produce farmers to large wholesale markets at 1:30 p.m.; and vermiculture for beginners (the basics on worms and dirt) at 3 p.m.
The Master Gardener booth will also have presentations Sunday at noon on landscaping and Vegetables 101 at 2 p.m.