Fauquier County will host its 18th annual Fall Farm Tour and Field Day this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The farm tour for five years has featured different areas of the county. This year it's the southern part of Fauquier.
"We've rotated the farm tour with the idea being we wanted to make it easier for people to visit the farms," said Ray Pickering, director at Fauquier County Department of Agricultural Development.
According to Pickering, next year's event will feature the northern part of the county.
Farms which agreed to participate this year include Greenfield Farms Alpacas, Morais Vineyards, Lakeside Dairy, Cow Pie Compost and O.B. Messick and Sons, Inc., Southern Heritage Farm, Willowlyn Farms CSA, and Highwater Farm.
Jimmy Messick's farm will host farm tourists for the second time.
"It's a good thing for people to find out what farming is like and I'm happy to do my fair share of that," said Jimmy Messick.
Messick said his farm will offer equipment displays, limited access to his farm's milking process and optional tours of his composting business.
According to a 2007 U.S. Census of Agriculture, Fauquier ranks 12th statewide in agriculture cash receipts at $47,981 million which was a six percent increase from the 2002 census data. (Results of the 2012 census have not yet been released)
For more information about this year's farm tour visit contact the Warrenton-Fauquier County Visitor Center located at 33 North Calhoun St. in Warrenton, call (540) 341- 0988 or visit: http://www.fauquiertourism.com