Farmington celebrating heritage with big celebration Saturday
Published 8:58 am Thursday, October 21, 2021
8:30 a.m. Breakfast sales begin
9 a.m. Blacksmithing, Candlemaking
9-10 a.m. Cakes entered for contest
9:30 a.m. Herbal Accents with Laura
10 a.m. Hula Hoop contest
10:30 a.m. 3 legged race
11 a.m. BBQ chicken sales begin
11:30 a.m. Jump rope competition
Noon Presentations, Nature Park
ribbon cutting ceremony
1 p.m. Music by His&Hers
1:30 p.m. Blacksmithing/Candlemaking
2 p.m. Mens softball exhibition game
Herbal Accents with Laura
2:30 p.m. Pottery demonstration
3 p.m. Music by Down the Mountain
3:30 p.m. Quilting demonstration
4 p.m. Cornhole tournament
4:30 p.m. Wood Felting demonstration
5 p.m. Music by Mona Jo & Friends
7 p.m. Special Occasion Band
S’mores, cake, concessions
All Day Activities
Horse & Carriage Rides
Antique Vehicle Show
Farmington is having an anniversary celebration, and everyone is invited.
On Oct. 23, Farmington Community Center, 1723 Farmington Road, Mocksville, will celebrate a 50-year-old history and a 100-year-old heritage with free festivities.
Here are some highlights for this historic landmark:
• Late 1800s, land was donated by George W. Johnson for “Farmington Academy” private school.
• 1917, special bond issue supplemented by the Davie County Board of Education made construction of a public consolidated school in Farmington possible – planning began during this year.
• 1921, two-story brick building, original Farmington School, was completed at a cost of $7,735. This building sat where the current picnic shelter is located. Grades one through 11 were taught here.
• 1936, existing “Ag Building”, now home of Davie County Coon Hunters Club, was built, as well as original gymnasium, which was damaged extensively during 1989 tornado and demolished in 1991.
• 1940, Farmington School Baseball Field was constructed on 3.5 acres sold to the DC Board of Education by Cordelia Smith for $437.50.
• 1950, other existing brick buildings, auditorium, cafeteria, and home economics buildings, were built and put into service.
• 1956, Farmington High School grades 9-12 moved to new Davie County High School; grades 1-8 remained in Farmington.
• 1970, Pinebrook Elementary School opened and the school was officially closed at Farmington
• 1971, John Caudle, lifelong Farmington resident, saw the potential of repurposing the school facilities for local residents to use and enjoy, and made a request to Graham Madison, chair of the Davie County Board of Education and former Farmington School principal, to donate the former school property to the community. A group of local Farmington residents, including John Caudle, Reaves Gardner, Joe Harpe, Betty West, and Joseph Smith, created Farmington Community Association, a non-profit organization that has been in existence since then to oversee the properties and operations of the Center
• 2007, Louis and Martha Smith donated 65 acres of land behind and adjacent to Farmington Community Center to the Association to be used as a public park.
• 2009, Renovations were completed in the Banquet Hall, including extensive kitchen and bathroom renovations, new flooring and new windows.
• 2017, Renovations were complete to upfit the existing gym into an events center with a NC state grant of funds for capital improvements facilitated by then-Sen. Andrew Brock.
• 2020/2021, Farmington Nature Park amenities were completed including Davie Disc Golf Course, mountain bike trails, a mountain bike practice area, a new picnic shelter near the wooded area, and a 60-vehicle parking area.
“We hope you will join us for our anniversary celebration on Oct. 23,” said Allyson Sawtelle, president of the Farmington Community Association. “It is sure to be a great time with free concerts all day starting at 11 a.m. with the headliner Special Occasion Band starting at 7 p.m.”
There will be lots of games, artisan demonstrations, class reunions, the grand opening of the Nature Park, and pit cooked barbecued chicken plates for sale.
And for any bakers – an old-fashioned cake baking competition will be held. Bring your homemade cake to enter the contest between 9 and 10 a.m. Two professional bakers, Michelle Spell with Ava’s Cupcakes (winner of Food Network Cupcake Wars) and Maddie Myers of Maddie Cakes Bakery in Bermuda Run, will be judging the entries. The third cake judge is Davie’s Honorable Lori Hamilton, Superior Court judge.
Visit www.farmingtoncc.org/anniversary for more information including a complete schedule.