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Joe and Butch Deal of Deal Farms have almost come to expect rain whenever they hold their annual Plow Day event at their pumpkin patch located on Highway 64 West. This past weekend, as if on cue, the sky once again opened up and rain showers fell most of the morning. Despite that, Joe said it only dampened the event a little.

“We've still had a pretty good turnout considering the weather,” he said Saturday morning. “There was a few plow teams here earlier but when the weather didn't let up they packed it up and went home.”

But even though the plow teams left early, visitors were still treated to a ride around the field in a horse drawn buggy. While Joe described the season's crop yield, families filed into the parking lot of Deal's Produce, many of whom had out of state tags from surrounding states and from as far as Illinois.

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Each year, preterm birth affects nearly 500,000 babies — that's one of every eight infants born in the United States (Source: Center for Disease Control and Prevention).

With one out of every eight babies being born too early, the March of Dimes organization has made it a mission to reduce that number drastically by 2020. Through research, education, and awareness, the March of Dimes family works across the country to fight premature births and find a solution.

Each year, the Macon County Chapter of the March of Dimes holds a March for Babies walk in honor and memory of the families who have been affected by premature births. The walk raises much needed funds to help reduce premature births not just in North Carolina, but across the country.

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Local organizations sponsor deer hunting trip.

Eleven years ago, when he was just 23 years old, Scott Parham’s life changed forever. That was the day he became a quadriplegic.

In 2001, right after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Parham made the decision to the join the United States Marine Corps to serve this country and to protect our freedom from any and all  terrorists. During his service, Parham grew to live and breath the Marine Corps values and strengths. After serving to protect the United States, on August 23, 2003, Parham was in a tragic motorcycle accident that nearly claimed his life.

After spending more than three months in the hospital, with even the doctor’s doubting his chance of survival, Parham made the decision to live. A decision he credits to his faith, and time in the military.

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Visitors to the fair can see antique farm equipment, displays by area organizations and students, giant pumpkins, homegrown vegetables and lots of animals.

The Macon County Fair is a staple of the fall season and enjoyed by people of all ages.

Photos by Vickie Carpenter and Betsey Gooder

 

 

 

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