Monday, May 22, 2006

Agri-tourism coming to Eastern N.C.

It's not always easy drawing tourists to the non-coastal parts of Eastern North Carolina. But a new mindset is hoping to change that.

The N.C. Cooperative Extension Service is featuring Greene County, for instance, in its Southeast AgriCulture Tourism event on Tuesday, May 23.

“This is our chance to show what a small rural county can do,” Stan Dixon, extension director for Greene County, told the Kinston Free Press. Dixon stated that, as of May 19, more than 50 people had signed up for the tour.

According to the newspaper, guests for the tour include farmers from other counties, agriculture students from North Carolina State University and representatives from tourism departments in other counties.

“This sets us on the map and adds another niche to what we have to offer,” Dixon said.

Know of any other agri-tourism events? Talk about them in the "Comments" section.

1 comment:

M. Lail said...

The Wednesday, May 24th issue of the Kinston Free Press has a follow-up on the Agri-Tourism event in Snow Hill which included kayaking ...

Gerald Sylivant grew up in Snow Hill and followed in the footsteps of his father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Being a tour guide for the Southeast District AgriCulture Tourism event on Tuesday gave him the opportunity to show off his hometown.

“This gives other people the chance to see a small town like Snow Hill,” he said.

The more than 70 visitors included agriculture students from North Carolina State University, farmers and representatives from tourism departments in Onslow, Sampson, Lenoir, Halifax and other counties.

“It wasn’t too hot or too cold,” said Stan Dixon, director of the N.C. Corporative Extension Service in Greene County. “People got the chance to see the real beauty of this county.”