Extension Service to celebrate 100th anniversary Wednesday in Pittsboro

The Extension Service of Calhoun County will host an open house Wednesday afternoon to celebrate the organization’s 100th anniversary.

Refreshments will be served from 2-6p.m and Extension personnel will be on hand to answer questions about Extension as well as experts from other counties and displays of the various clubs and organizations involved with the Extension Service such as the Master Gardeners, MHV and 4-H.

The new 4-H concession stand built at the middle arena will also be among the areas open for visitors to look at.

The Smith-Lever Act, signed on May 8, 1914, established the Cooperative Extension Service, the nationwide education system operating through land-grant universities in partnership with federal, state and local governments.

“The Extension Service has evolved from something people absolutely needed in the early 20th century to a vibrant organization equipping citizens for living in the 21st century,” MSU Extension Director Gary Jackson said. “County offices across the state will be marking the centennial with a variety of celebrations. Along with our many state and local partners, we look forward to celebrating our past accomplishments while maintaining a focus on the bright future ahead.”