Union County Extension Master Gardener Volunteers Receive Award

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MEDIA CONTACT: Debbie Dillion, 704-283-3729, Debbie_dillion@ncsu.eduMaster Gardeners of Union County


Monroe, NC, May 31, 2018 – The Union County Extension Master Gardener℠ Volunteer Association (UCEMGVA) placed 2nd in the Innovative Project category of the 2018 NC Extension Master Gardener Search for Excellence for the Union County Heritage Festival and Wild Turkey 5K Trail Run/Walk. The Search for Excellence award is designed to recognize outstanding educational, group projects that result in significant learning. The team that reviewed applications felt the Union County Heritage Festival was a very ambitious project that brought together many local resources and attracted a wide audience beyond Extension’s typical clientele. The recognition includes a $100 award.

The Union County Extension Master Gardeners (UCEMG) view the Heritage Festival and Wild Turkey 5K as extensions of their mission to educate and provide inspiration for individuals to attain and sustain a healthy lifestyle, community, and environment. The events serve to expand the Association’s reach beyond the traditional gardening audience to involve other segments of Union County communities. The 2017 Heritage Festival was a participating partner event of the North Carolina Science Festival.

The Heritage Festival and Wild Turkey 5K take place annually at the Union County Agricultural Center in Monroe and are targeted toward residents and families of Union County. Attendees enjoy a fun, free, family-friendly event and the opportunity to learn about the natural, cultural, and historical heritage of Union County. Each year the planning committee seeks out vendors, exhibitors, speakers, demonstrators and entertainment designed to bring together in one day, programs, people and organizations who endeavor to make Union County a better place to live and grow.

Attendees can choose to start the day at 8:00 a.m. with a leisurely walk or exhilarating run through the countryside, or wait until after 9:00 a.m. to meander the festival pausing to shop, watch traditional craft demonstrations, enjoy live music, have lunch at the food truck rodeo, and take a chance on some great raffle prizes donated by local businesses. The younger set will enjoy games, crafts, fun learning activities, and the opportunity to win prizes and meet farm animals and native birds. The 2018 Heritage Festival and Wild Turkey 5K set for Saturday, September 22, will be held in conjunction with the Union County 4-H Expo. To learn more about the Union County Heritage Festival and Wild Turkey 5K Trail Run and Walk visit the (UCEMGVA) website.

North Carolina Extension Master Gardener Volunteers

Master Gardener volunteers support the mission of North Carolina Cooperative Extension by educating residents about safe, effective and sustainable gardening practices that grow healthy people, gardens, landscapes, and communities. Their vision is a healthier world through environmental stewardship.

Union County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Association

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 ucmgwebsite@gmail.com and offer three sales events per year. Master Gardeners of Union County