44th Annual Jackson County Farm City Festival

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JACKSON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Friday morning, nearly 40 tractors made their way through downtown Marianna to kick off the 44th Annual Farm City Festival.

Many community members came out to Madison Street Park to take in the tractor display and to get a glimpse of what Farm City has to offer this year.

"We try to keep these tractors in people's minds and that's what was used in the old days," Antique Tractor Chairman Steve Hurst said.

The festival started off as a dinner local businessmen would put on to honor farmers.

"We now have a breakfast that celebrates our Farm Family of the Year and our other high producers," Jackson County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Tiffany Garling said. "We have an antique tractor pull, arts and crafts vendors, kids activities, and a lot of ag displays."

Agriculture is one of the top employers in Jackson County.

"It is the industry that keeps all the small businesses going, whether it's a parts store or grocery store, somehow or another they're impacted by farmers and people who work for them and the goods and products they sell," Jackson County Ag Extension Director Doug Mayo said.

The festival is a way to get farmers out in the community.

"It's good to come out and put names and faces to people and interact and come to a mutual appreciation for the different types of businesses we have in the county," Mayo said.

Admission to the Farm City Festival at the Jackson County Ag Center on Highway 90 is completely free. Vendors and food are the only things you will need to pay for.

Activities will start back up Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m. and last until 3 p.m.

Saturday will be full of events, including an antique tractor pull, kids activities, and a skillet toss for the ladies.