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Master Gardeners of Union County Prepare for Heritage Festival and Wild Turkey 5K Trail Run/Walk

Posted on 01/19/17

Seeking Vendors, Exhibitors & Sponsors UCPS Middle School Art Students invited to compete for prizes

Monroe, NC –The Union County Extension Master Gardeners announce the call for vendors and exhibitors for the 2017 Union County Heritage Festival, Saturday April 22 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Union County Agricultural Center in Monroe. The event is a celebration of the natural, cultural, and historical heritage of Union County, with the aim to provide education and inspiration to attain and sustain a healthy lifestyle, community and environment.

The Union County Heritage Festival committee is seeking vendors and exhibitors of plants and natural products, lawn and garden businesses, local artisans of handmade, traditional crafts, historical, cultural, nature and science, health and fitness, and recycling and conservation exhibits.

Sponsorship opportunities range from $25 to $1000 with a variety of exciting promotional benefits. Vendor booth fees are $25 for an outdoor booth, $10 for non-profit, and $45 for an indoor booth space. Applications for vendors, sponsors and volunteers are available on the website then Heritage Festival.

The event includes the Wild Turkey 5K Trail Run and Walk, benefiting the Carolina Waterfowl Rescue, beginning at 8 a.m. Registration available online. The festival will feature a vendor fair, the Master Gardeners Spring Plant Sale, heritage arts demonstrations, kids’ creative and educational activities, raffle prizes, food and blue grass bands, and free talks and cooking demonstrations by local experts.

In honor and recognition of Earth Day, The Union County Heritage Festival Committee is hosting an Earth Day art contest, open to all Union County Public Schools 7th and 8th grade art students. Each middle school may submit two entries for judging. The entries from each school will be on display at the Union County Heritage Festival on April 22.

Prizes include $100 to the first place winner, $50 for second place, $25 for third place and crowd favorite, with $100 to the first place winner’s art department. At the festival attendees will be encouraged to vote on their favorite art piece.

The art piece with the most votes will earn the title ‘Crowd Favorite’. Prizes will be awarded at the festival at 3:00 p.m. The art work is to be created with at least 90 percent recycled content, be no greater than 2’ x 2’ x 2’, 2D or 3D, and be the sole and original work of the student. Entries must include an index card with a description of the art, what makes it earth friendly, and a list of the recycled materials used. Entries are due March 31.

The Union County Extension Master Gardener Volunteers’ mission is to foster a partnership to create a sustainable community through education and implementation. They offer Successful Gardener classes to the public, maintain a website of useful gardening information, monitor a call system called the Growline at 704-283-3822 or and offer three Sales events per year.