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The Silk Hope Ruritan Club is hosting the Spring Hope Spring Celebration April 20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Farm Heritage Park in Siler City. The event features plants, green gardening, Can-tr Therapeutic Horse Show, food and more. Applications for vendors and food vendors are being accepted. Contact Gwynneth Harrington at 919-663-0331 or SilkHopeSpringCelebration@gmail.com for more.

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The N.C. State Championship Horse Drawn Plowing Contest will be held June 1 at 10 a.m. at the historic Ivey Burn Plantation near Erwin on N.C. 217. Contest categories include single walking plow, team walking plow, team antique riding plow, team modern riding plow, team consisting of three or more horses or mules, single ox, team oxen and teams of 6-hitch horses. Contestants will compete for cash prizes, trophies and bragging rights. Cost to enter each contest is $20 per category. The event, which is sponsored by the N.C. Work Horse and Mule Association, is free for spectators. There will also be free horse-drawn wagon rides. For more, contact Ronnie Bowen at 919-820-4067 or Wayne Collier at 910-980-0066 or email babowen898@yahoo.com.

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Beekeepers with bees for rent and growers interested in bee pollination services can post their information on the BeeLinked website at www.ncagr.com/beelinked. The site is hosted by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the N.C. State University Apiculture Program. Anyone interested in listing their information can do so by filling out an online Submit Your Ad form on the BeeLinked page or by contacting NCDA&CS at 919-233-8214 or by email at NCHoneybee@ncagr.gov or call NCSU at 919-515-1660. The NCDA&CS Plant Industry Division regulates the movement of agricultural or related items capable of spreading harmful insects, diseases, and other pests. Beekeepers participating in this program will be required to comply with all honey and bee industry regulations.

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The Piedmont Saddle Club in Colfax will open its lighted arena every Friday from 5-9 p.m. for horse riders. The cost is $10 per horse and equine owners must provide proof of Coggins testing and sign a waiver. The events are open to the public. Contact info@piedmontsaddleclub.org for more information.

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The North Carolina chapter of Re-Run, a non-profit organization that places ex-racehorses into adoptive homes, now has thoroughbred racehorses available for adoption. Thoroughbreds are versatile and do well in any number of disciplines including shows, events, fox hunting or pleasure riding, according to Elizabeth Macdonald with Re-Run. For more, go to www.rerun.org or contact Elizabeth Macdonald at hemacd@mindspring.com.

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NCDA&CS Public Affairs Division, Brian Long, Director
Mailing Address:1001 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1001
Physical Address: 2 West Edenton Street, Raleigh NC 27601
Phone: (919) 707-3001; FAX: (919) 733-5047