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August 06, 2003   Email to Friend 

CHILTON RESEARCH CENTER HOSTS FARM, WILDLIFE EXPO
Story by Jamie Creamer: jcreamer@auburn.edu
Debra Davis
(334) 613-4686
August 06, 2003

CLANTON, Ala. -- Presentations on everything from kiwifruit to gundogs to skin cancer, as well as activities that will include garden tours and fruit tasting, await those who travel to Clanton Saturday, Aug. 9, for the Chilton Research and Extension Center's Farm, Home and Wildlife Expo. The expo, which will run from noon to 5 p.m., is free and open to the public.

Jim Pitts, superintendent of the center, said the event offers something for just about everyone. The gundog demonstration and mini-seminars on doves, wildlife food plots and farm pond management will be of particular interest to hunters, for instance, while homeowners and home management enthusiasts will benefit from presentations on backyard wildlife, managing wildlife pests and building an innovative birdhouse.

For horticulturalists and gardeners, presentations will focus on pruning and training fruit trees, propagating plants and growing kiwifruit, muscadines and grapes. Of general interest will be a skin cancer prevention and detection seminar, tours of the Chilton County Master Gardener's demonstration garden and free samples of the different fruits grown at the research center. In addition, local volunteers will be on hand with several homemade desserts, complete with recipes, for visitors to sample.

Several of the sessions will be repeated throughout the afternoon so that visitors can attend as many of the presentations as possible, Pitts said. Trailers will be available to shuttle visitors to and from many of the presentation.

The expo will wrap up with a free hamburger dinner, entertainment by the Isabella String Band and the awarding of door prizes.

For more information on the expo or the Chilton Research and Extension Center, contact Pitts at 205-646-3610, or jpitts@acesag.auburn.edu.


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