Farm Fest already includes an extensive plowing competition, historical displays, dem­on­strations, a blacksmith, music and food. This year, the April 12 event is also adding an art show called “Agriculture in Art.”

“We think it will be a great addition to the Farm Fest events already in place and share some of the wonderful art showcasing our beautiful farm lands, agriculture, farm animals and farm themes in our lives,” said Pam Watts, Farm Fest chairwoman.

The competition focuses on photography and art, centering around farm and agricultural scenes, themes, objects and life.

The cause for expansion, Watts said, was to provide an opportunity for more people to visit the annual event.

“We want to offer additional activities during Farm Fest to appeal to an even greater number of people of all ages,” she said. “The Yamhill County Historical Society’s mission is to protect, preserve and share the history and heritage of Yamhill County, and we’re trying to do just that with Farm Fest and all the activities at the Yamhill County Historical Society site in Lafayette and the Yamhill Valley Heritage Center site in McMinnville. We also want to share the works of artists and photographers with the agricultural theme and offer them also an opportunity to sell such works if desired.”

Artists can submit a registration form until April 11, and can bring their artwork to the Yamhill Valley Heritage Center from 4 to 7 p.m. April 10 or 3 to 6 p.m. April 11. Registration forms and more information are available online at

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