Chilton Research and Extension Center gearing up for annual Farm, Home and Wildlife Expo

Published 9:06 pm Thursday, July 31, 2008

Here’s something you don’t want to miss: the Chilton Research and Extension Center’s 2008 Farm, Home and Wildlife Expo.

This year’s edition of the big-and free-event is set for tomorrow from noon until 5 p.m., and you won’t believe what all you can learn, observe and do in those five hours.

Discover how to grow everything from blackberries and kiwifruit to meat goats and caged fish. Stop by cooking demonstrations, and taste all manner of seasonal fruits and vegetables. Get tips on how to have the best-looking lawn in the neighborhood, how to control and capture wildlife, how to fire a shotgun and more. Tour the demonstration flower garden and then, if you’d like, the entire CREC farm.

There’ll be lots of children’s activities and live music, and, as the Expo is winding down, a free supper.

For more information, call the CREC at (205) 646-3610 or go to and click on Events.

For how to get there, go back to the home page, click on Maps and then Directions.

The following is an outline of specific events and times at the Expo:

caged fish, pruning and pesticide, meat goat, and blaster peeler demonstrations: noon, 1:40 p.m., 3:20 p.m.

pecan production, kiwifruit and Satsuma, biodiesel, and fire ant control demonstrations: 12:20 p.m., 2 p.m., 3:40 p.m.

wildlife control, rabbit production, blackberry production, and milk goat demonstrations: 12:40 p.m., 2:20 p.m., 4 p.m.

farm tour, lawn grass, GPS and precision agriculture, blueberry production, and vine crop demonstrations: 1 p.m., 2:40 p.m., 4:20 p.m.

hoophouse and herbs, bird and drug dog demonstrations: 1:20 p.m., 3 p.m., 4:40 p.m.

fish cooking demonstration: 1 p.m., 3 p.m.

weather training demonstration: 2 p.m., 4 p.m.

skeet shooting sessions: 12:15, 12:45, 1:15, 1:45, 2:15, 2:45, 3:15, 3:45 and 4:15 p.m.

continuous events: garden tour, summer flowers, fruit tasting, tomato tasting, dessert tasting, petting zoo, children’s insurance, South pea planting, prints, healthy homes, lead poisoning, and water pump game.