• Coats’ 105th Farmers Day kicks off today.
By MELODY BROWN-PEYTON
Of The Record Staff
Some traditions have not changed and Coats Farmers Day is just one of those traditions.
Held in the center of town, this two-day event will create memories that will last a lifetime as family and friends pause to celebrate farming in the Town of Coats.
This year’s event will be filled with lots of food, fun and excitement, celebrating farmers, while honoring the past and looking toward the future.
The Town of Coats has a rich history of farming, which over the years has produced economic growth in the area.
James Coats purchased 7,000 acres of farm land and then set up a general store. The store attracted other farmers and a railroad.
Farming in Coats has always been the pillar of the community. Over the years, people in nearby communities have joined in the celebration.
It has been said that Coats Farmers day is the oldest festival in our region, though attractions have changed over the years.
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Showing off some dance moves during Coats Farmer’s Day is just what the farmer ordered.Tonight the gospel sing will begin at 6 p.m., Carolina Rattlers will perform at 9 p.m. On Saturday the parade starts at 1 p.m., followed by live entertainment at The Depot starting at 2 p.m.
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Some of the early Coats Farmers Day events included field crop, garden product and canning competitions. These competition produced a lot of agricultural talent.
Today’s festival features a tractor show, live music, a kids’ park and an assortment of other fun activities.
This two-day event will include activities for the entire family. The campsite will open on Friday at 8 a.m. Cost is $10 per person, children under 12 are free. Ticket price includes admission to both concerts Friday and Saturday.
Activities for children include the kids’park. For those who enjoy the sight of all kinds of makes and models of cars, there will be an auto show. Awards will be given for best of show, top 25 and best truck.
Friday evening there will be a gospel concert. The master of ceremonies is Sharee Parker. There will be featured performances from the following groups: True Friends, Abby & Molly Barefoot, Eddie White, Jerry Faulkner, Carol McLeod, Erwin Church of God, Coats Methodist Church, Rivenbark Ministries, His Promise and Won 4 Christ.
The Pig Cook-Off will take place on Friday, anyone who would like to take part in the cook-off must arrive before 9:30 p.m., judging will take place Saturday at 7 a.m. There will be a barbecue plate sale at the community building that will began at 11 a.m. Saturday.
The parade on Saturday will start at 1 p.m., featuring Gerald Owens from WRAL-TV, and the grand marshals will feature local area farmers.
The parade during Farmers Day is just one of many highlights that take place during the two-day event. Horseback riding takes centerstage during the Coat’s Farmer’s day parade. It’s a time to celebrate the rich history of farming in Coat’s.
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