MOUNT OLIVE — More than 1,100 high school FFA and 4-H students from across North Carolina flocked to the University of Mount Olive campus, for the second annual Ag Fest/Fall Fest to promote and celebrate ag awareness at UMO. Students came from as far east as Camden High School and from as far west as Central Cabarrus, and all areas in between.
During the event, participants had the opportunity to tour the campus and stop at various locations to listen to current students and faculty talk about academic program offerings and campus life. Attendees also had the opportunity to socialize with one another as they played corn hole and Frisbee. A cookout was provided on the campus commons by Got to Be NC, Piggly Wiggly, Brightleaf Hotdogs, Steven Sausage, Nature’s Own, Mount Olive Pickle, Frito-Lay and Pepsi. For the finale of the day students gathered in Kornegay Arena for the much anticipated Fall Fest Concert featuring country music stars Canaan Smith and Chase Bryant.
Dr. Sandy Maddox, director of the Lois G. Britt Agribusiness Center said, “Ag Fest provides an opportunity for students engaged in FFA or 4-H the chance to visit UMO and to get a glance at what the University has to offer both academically and socially. Our Collegiate FFA members serve as hosts for the high school students and interact with them by sharing information about the University’s academic programs and life on the UMO campus. Our hope is that this event will spark an interest in these visiting students, so at a later date they might decide to further investigate what the University has to offer as they pursue their academic endeavors after high school.”