By Tia Lynn Lecorchick Managing Editor
The Madison-Morgan Cultural Center (MMCC) hosted Farm Day, a free family-friendly event designed to celebrate Morgan County’s agrarian lifestyle. Farm Day attracted over 2,000 people from Morgan and surrounding counties that included Cobb, Gwinnett, Clarke, Oconee, Newton, Greene, Putnam, Jasper Counties. MMCC hoped to expose the community to various farming equipment and practices, in order to educate, promote, and celebrate local farming. The event featured barnyard animals such as cows, donkeys, llamas, pigs and horses. Gigantic industrial tractors were on display on the front lawn of the MMCC for kids to climb and explore. Farmers conducted a series of demonstrations to educate people about how farming is done. Farmers demonstrated sheep shearing, milling, and milking cows, as well as giving mini-tutorials on how tractors are used and operated. Local band Bennie and the Poor Boys performed popular covers throughout the festival. “It was not only a beautiful day but it was beautiful to see everyone come out for it,” said Erin Garrett, development director for MMCC. “We are thrilled that Farm Day had such a wonderful and huge impact on our community and beyond. The Cultural Center’s Farm Day is an event that is designed to teach people about today’s Life on the Farm through hands on activities. We take that one stop further by tying it to the past through farm-related artifacts in the History Museum. Then we add the element of artistic expression of Farm Life in Morgan County through our Farm Exhibition – Regional Artists interpretation of Local Farm life, and Morgan County K-12 students vision of farming.” Agriculture is a key component to Georgia’s economy and particularly in Morgan County. The MMCC set out to invite the community to learn about how farming is done while having fun with games, animals, and refreshments. “By bringing visual art, history and modern day farming industry under one roof, the Center hopes that we have inspired the young and young of heart to become more agri-culturally aware of how important our past, present, future is and how preserving Morgan County’s rich agricultural history, supporting the modern farm industry, and using the arts to promote that importance is beneficial to the entire community,’ explained Garrett. “Our doors are open to everyone and everyone benefits when they walk through our doors. We are here to serve our community, work with our community partners, and local businesses to encourage education through the arts and humanities. If you missed Farm Day, don’t worry, you can still experience Morgan County’s history of agriculture in our Museum and see a visual representation of local Farms in the galleries through January 4, 2015.” But for those who did attend, the day was surely one to remember. According to the MMCC, the front lawn was transformed into “an interactive agricultural landscape the whole family [can] enjoy.” Hundreds of people showed up for a day of free activities centered around farming. Kids scrounged the lawn during the scavenger hunt and had their faces painted with like animals or with superhero and sports symbols. The MMCC opened the inside of the facility to show off two galleries displaying the work of regional artists that is paired with local farms. According to the MMCC the galleries meant to introduce the community to the kind of farming done in Morgan County. “We invite you inside the Cultural Center during Farm Day to experience the FARM exhibition, an exhibit celebrating the world of farm living in Morgan County,” said Kim Brown. Morgan County FFA, Madison-Morgan County Boys & Girls Club, Morgan County 4-H Club, Ty Manning’s Art Dawgs, and other agricultural organizations set up tents and booths to distribute information to attendants, as well as free food and gifts. MMCC gave special thanks to all the sponsors that made the event possible, including Patron Sponsor Godfrey’s Seed and Supporting Sponsor Pennington Seed, Inc. Kim Brown, director of the MMCC, took Farm Day as an opportunity to better familiarize herself with members of the community. “I’m delighted to call Madison my new home and anxious to be an active part of this amazing community,” said Brown.