If you've been searching for an excuse to visit the Georgia mountains, here's one: the Georgia Mountain Research and Education Center general field day.
Set for Tuesday, Aug. 7, at 8:30 a.m., the field day will be at the center on Georgia Mountain Experiment Station Road in Blairsville, Ga. The center is nestled in a valley surrounded by the Georgia mountains, where the scenery was made to be enjoyed in person.
The event will include 16 tour stops covering topics such as beef cattle, fruit and vegetable crops, field and forage crops and greenhouse pest control. Visitors will see University of Georgia scientists' research projects up close and firsthand.
At lunch, visitors will hear from guest speakers Tommy Irvin, Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture, and Gerald Arkin, assistant dean of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
There is no fee for the field day. However, $5 will be charged for the barbecue-chicken lunch. Make checks payable to the Union County 4-H Club, as all proceeds from the lunch will go to local club.
Registration is required, as space is limited to the first 200 registrants. To sign up, or for more information, contact the center at (706) 745-2655. Or email Freya Browning at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Sharon Omahen is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)