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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MONDAY, JULY 2, 2007


Contact: Brian Long, director
NCDA&CS Public Affairs
(919) 733-4216, ext. 242

Cecil named manager of Piedmont Triad Farmers Market

RALEIGH - Richard F. "Rick" Cecil of Thomasville has been named manager of the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market in Colfax, Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler announced today.

Cecil has worked at the market since it opened in 1995 and was its assistant manager for the past 10 years.

"Rick Cecil has the skills and know-how to continue to grow this market," Troxler said. "Under his leadership, it will continue to be a popular place where folks can come and buy great North Carolina produce and food."

A Davidson County native, Cecil grew up on a tobacco farm and attended East Carolina University and Davidson County Community College.

Cecil and his wife, Wanda, have been married for 28 years. They have two sons: Sam, 24, and Tom, 19.

The Piedmont Triad Farmers Market is a popular attraction in the Triad, drawing more than 1.5 million visitors in 2006.

The market is located at 2914 Sandy Ridge Road in Colfax, just off Exit 208 of Interstate 40. It is open every day from 6 a.m.-6 p.m.

The market is one of five regional farmers markets across the state operated by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The others are in Asheville, Charlotte, Lumberton and Raleigh.

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NCDA&CS Public Affairs Division, Brian Long, Director
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