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Spaces still open at Rice Expo for farmers’ market, centerpiece arrangements

July 15, 2014

Fast Facts:

  • Farmers market still has slots available for growers at Rice Expo
  • Centerpiece arrangements can be entered to compete for prizes
  • Registration forms for either activity are available at http://www.uaex.edu/rice-expo/

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STUTTGART Ark. – Arkansas fruit and vegetable growers and gardeners will have the chance to show the results of their labor Aug. 1 at the Arkansas Rice Expo at the Grand Prairie Center.

“We're always looking for good ways to keep our Rice Expo program fresh every year," said Richard Klerk, Cross County extension agent for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. "We saw this table top competition as a way to put rice in a unique and creative light. We also wanted to give our local produce farmers a chance to show off their goods under the farmers' market tent."

The expo, hosted by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, attracts about 1,000 participants from 8 a.m. through lunch. The expo will feature a farmers’ market for vendors to sell their locally grown produce to those attending. Space remains available for growers to register and market their products.

Table centerpiece arrangers will compete for prizes by using their creativity to make arrangements using rice in the design for placement on the luncheon tables. Master Gardeners, garden club members and others who wish to enter should register in advance and have their arrangements in place by 9 a.m. Competition is limited to the first 60 arrangements that are entered.

To register for the farmers’ market or the centerpiece arrangements, contact Richard Klerk, Cross County Extension agent, at raklerk@uaex.edu or Lee Anderson, Jefferson County Extension agent, at llanderson@uaex.edu. Registration forms for either activity are available at http://www.uaex.edu/rice-expo/.

Additional activities at the expo will include Janet Carson, Extension horticulture specialist, delivering presentations on growing vegetables and herbs in home gardens.

All meetings and activities announced in this news release are open to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (large print, audiotapes, etc.) should notify the county Extension office as soon as possible prior to the activity.

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status, and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

By Dave Edmark
U of A System Division of Agriculture

Media Contact: Mary Hightower
Dir. of Communication Services
U of A Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
(501) 671-2126
mhightower@uaex.edu

 

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