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Grand Opening of Chatham County Agriculture & Conference Center

Post Date:03/14/2017 10:37 AM

Chatham County invites residents to celebrate the Grand Opening of the Chatham County Agriculture & Conference Center (CCACC) on Saturday, March 25, from 10 am to 2 pm. The Chatham County Farm Bureau is sponsoring the free event.

The CCACC houses the offices of Chatham County Cooperative Extension, Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Soil and Water Conservation, and the Forest Service.

The event facilities provide year-round meeting and workshop space for agriculture, horticulture, forestry, natural resources, family and consumer science, and youth programs. However, the CCACC is available for rental by other organizations and individuals for all types of events, including conventions, trade shows, weddings, workshops and banquets. It is the largest flexible meeting space in the county.

The Grand Opening celebration will offer something for everyone. The event will kick off with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 10 am. Visitors can attend educational sessions in one of the meeting rooms or cooking demonstrations in Cooperative Extension’s new teaching kitchen. Guided tours will offer a glimpse of the new office space, exhibit hall, and meeting rooms.

GRAND PRIZE haycutting Brandalynn Lemons-vertThe beautiful winning photos from the county’s Agricultural Photography Contest will be on display, showcasing our rich agricultural past, current and future. Shown at right are the two Grand Prize WInners:

  • A sunset scene of hay cutting taken by Brandalynn Lemons from Bear Creek
  • A sunflower field taken by Debbie Roos, an agent for Chatham County Cooperative Extension

More than 70 exhibitors will highlight local farms, farmers’ markets, sustainable agriculture, agricultural support and advocacy, agribusiness, beekeeping, livestock, forestry, green industry, wildlife, conservation, and much more. Visitors will get an up-close look at the Forest Service’s firefighting helicopter and meet Smokey the Bear. 

Several food trucks will offer excellent options for lunch while live music entertains the crowd.

For more details, including the educational program schedule and a complete list of exhibitors, go to

The CCACC is one mile west of the traffic circle at 1192 US 64 W Business in Pittsboro.