The North Carolina Cooperative Extension held the first Wayne County Farm workers Appreciation Festival to recognize and educate farm workers and their families. The event was held on September 6 from noon to 6 p.m. at the Wayne County fairgrounds in Goldsboro, North Carolina.
More than 500 people attended the event from which 360 were farm workers, a combination of single workers and workers and their families. Participants had opportunities to visit informational booths from 21 agencies to learn about the community services available to them. Health and dental screenings were also offered, along with entertainment activities, a DJ, soccer matches, 4-H Latino Folkloric Dance Club performances, raffles and children games.
Representatives from participating agencies and 50 high school and college students in addition to community member volunteers staffed the event. Growers supported the festival by providing transportation to workers and planning was done by a committee led by Luis Cruz, Extension Farmworkers Health and Safety Educator. The committee was composed of members of the Wayne County Community Partners Coalition.