First-generation farmer wins Commissioner’s Award in 2021 Heritage Tobacco Competition

From a tobacco-tying competition, barn curing, a heritage tobacco harvest competition and a mock tobacco auction, the legacy of tobacco and its contributions to the state of North Carolina and the agricultural industry is on full display at Heritage Circle at the N.C. State Fair. The Heritage Tobacco Harvest Competition was started in 2015 to recognize individuals growing tobacco. Entries and winners are on view in the Tobacco Pavilion in Heritage Circle. Growers from North Carolina submit silver-dollar-sized hand ties of flue-cured tobacco to compete in different stalk position classes. Brent Leggett, a first-generation farmer from Nashville, was awarded the…

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Tobacco stringing contest winners announced

The seventh annual tobacco stringing contest was in full swing this afternoon. Sixteen teams of┬áthree competed for bragging rights and cash prizes. Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler congratulated winners and presented prizes in front of the barn in Heritage Circle where the tobacco will cure for the next week. The Granville County Loopers took first place for the second year in a row, winning $250. The Dudley Loopers came in second and earned $150. Third place and $100 went to the Jackson Trio of Zebulon. The Jackson Trio won first place in 2011.  

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