An upcoming Garrard County agricultural event this summer is hoping to find more sponsors so they can lower admission prices and provide advertising for businesses.
The Field to Fork Festival is going to be a day-long event that combines several different aspects into something unique. Event organizer Deborah Messenger (formerly president of the Paint Lick Sportsman’s Club) told me there will be booths where businesses can put themselves on display, a farmers market providing locally grown food from throughout the area and workshops focused on everything agriculture, from starting with the right soil all the way up to how to sell your goods. It seems like an event that blends well with Garrard County’s prominent agricultural base and focus on local production. Pike Valley Farms is one of the local food producers participating.
Even people who don’t have a farm can come and learn how to grow their own food in their back yard or on their front porch. “You can produce enough in a square foot to feed a family of four and a lot of people do not realize that,” Deborah told me.
Deborah said right now the admission price is set at $35 because of the costs associated with putting on the event. But if enough sponsors can be found to provide $3,000 in funding for the event, the admission price can be knocked down to $10 per person, opening up the festival to a lot more people. “We have tried to make this economically feasible regardless of someone’s purse,” she told me.
Businesses, organizations or individuals interested in helping to sponsor the festival have three different sponsorship levels available, each with its own amount of advertising and perks. If you’re interested, you can check out the sponsorship levels here, or check out more info about the festival in general here.