the 15th annual Youth and Community Fair,
held in the Historic Hartwood district of Stafford County will be hosting the Stafford County Agricultural Competitions in the Stewart Jones Agricultural Area!

Stafford County has seen lots of progress and development in the last few years, and with this growth has come a change between its Rural / agricultural history and the emerging suburban / commuter population. The base of youth who are familiar with agricultural endeavors for livelihood or personal consumption, or even the simple enjoyment of growing something on their own, continues to dwindle. We hope that by installing this competition, that in addition to agricultural education, we can try to spur interest, and expose & raise awareness among youth in this area to Staffords "Roots" (Pun intended).

Some of the events & Organizations that will be in the Agricultural (AG) Area are below! As the festival is free, and open to the public we hope you will tell all of your friends, and make sure that they come out!

The 15th annual Stafford County Hartwood Days Festival & Agricultural Fair

12-14 September 2014
5:00 P.M.

Did you know America's farmers support 24 million jobs?

Or that U.S. farmers supply 41.56% of the world's corn?

How about that one acre of soybeans can create 82,368 crayons?

America's farmers produce many products for not only the U.S., but also the world.

One bushel of corn is 56 pounds. That means U.S. farmers produce an average of more than 9,000 pounds of corn per acre.

To keep up with population growth more food will have to be produced in the next 50 years as the past 10,000 years combined.

If U.S. farmers used crop production practices from 1931 to produce an amount of corn equivalent to the 2008 crop, it would require 490 million acres-an area more than 120 million acres larger than the state of Alaska.

Today, the average U.S. farmer feeds 155 people. In 1960, a farmer fed just 26 people.

The U.S. produces about 40 percent of the world's corn - using only 20 percent of the total area harvested in the world.

Today's farmer grows twice as much food as his parents did - using less land, energy, water and fewer emissions.

Individuals or families own 82 percent of corn farms. Another 6 percent are family-held corporations.

American farmers ship more than $100 billion of their crops and products to many nations.

Less than 15 percent of U.S. corn acres are irrigated.

U.S. farmers produce about 40 percent of the world's corn, using only 20 percent of the total area harvested in the world.

Farmers today produce 70 percent more corn per pound of fertilizer than as recently as the 1970s.

Corn farmers have reduced total fertilizer use by 10 percent since 1980.

Farmers are a direct lifeline to more than 24 million U.S. jobs in all kinds of industries.

According to the USDA, one acre of corn… removes about 8 tons of carbon dioxide from the air in a growing season…at 180 bushels per acre produces enough oxygen to supply a year's needs for 131 people.

In the past five years, U.S. farm operators have become more demographically diverse. The 2007 census counted nearly 30 percent more women as principal farm operators. The count of Hispanic operators grew by 10 percent, and the counts of American Indian, Asian and African-American farm operators increased as well.

Corn production has marched steadily upward for decades while using fewer acres.

American farmers produced the five largest corn crops in history during the past five years. Even after supplying food-makers, ranchers, ethanol producers and grain exporters, America will again be able to save 10 percent of this year's harvest for the future.

Farmers today grow five times as much corn as they did in the 1930s - on 20 percent less land. That is still 13 million acres, or 20,000 square miles, twice the size of Massachusetts.

The yield per acre has skyrocketed from 24 bushels in 1931 to 154 now, or a six-fold gain.

Farmers in more than 30 U.S. states grow soybeans, making soybeans the country's second-largest crop in cash sales and the number one value crop export.

Soy ink is used to print textbooks and newspapers.

The soybean is the highest natural source of dietary fiber.

The livestock industry is the largest consumer of soy meal.

In 2008, soybeans represented 56 percent of world oilseed production, and 33 percent of those soybeans were produced by the American farmer.

The U.S. exported 1.16 billion bushels (31.6 million metric tons) of soybeans in 2008, which accounted for 40 percent of the world's soybean trade.

A 60-pound bushel of soybeans yields about 48 pounds of protein-rich meal and 11 pounds of oil.

One and a half gallons of biodiesel and 48 pounds of soybean meal can be produced from one bushel of soybeans.

How many did you already know?

Stafford County Agricultural Competitions!

Designed to allow youth or adults to demonstrate showmanship, and display their hard work throughout the year, we hope that the winners of the different competitions will continue to the Virginia State Fair competitions later in September.

Categories offered will of course depend on proposed participation, but the following categories are currently being developed:

SCAC Departments & Divisions

There will also be several Poster contests, Classes, Exhibits, and fun for the Kids!

Some of our participants from last year:

Childrens Science Center


Rappahannock Beekeepers

Firewise – DOF

Tri County Soil & Water

Byrd Tractor Inc.
The Farm Mama
Virginia Native Plant Society
4H Poultry

VA Trappers
VA Waterfowl
Other Waterfowl
4-H Livestock Club
Silver Creek Construction
Alpaca 4-H/Maranatha Alpaca Farm
Hock Newberry Farm
Smith Family Farm
VSU Agricultural Van


As this is a newer part of the Fair and Festival, we appreciate your patience, and welcome your suggestions.

If you would like to volunteer, please contact us at

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The planning committee for Hartwood Days is working on getting some new events to make this 15th annual event something special. You can check out some of those coming on the Events Page.

If you know of something or someone who should really be on the field, ask 'em to check out our Vendor page.

The Hartwood Days Festival Commitee, headed up by Venturing Crew 1717 is now a Non-Stock Corporation in the State of VA, with an IRS 501-C-3 Non-Profit Status, responsible for the coordination, management and operation of the event. Hartwood Presbyterian Church, retains the intelluctual rights to the name"Hartwood Days Festival" (sm)