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New Crop Planted at Onion Museum
Wednesday, 23 November 2011

November 23--  Ingrid Varn files the following story from the Vidalia Area Convention and Visitors Bureau which is co-located with the Vidalia Onion Museum in Vidalia.

Image"It is official, the second crop of Vidalia Onions are in the ground at the Vidalia Onion Museum. With the careful instruction of Diane and R.T. Stanley, the sweeties went in the ground last week. Mr. Stanley, the 2007 Onion Grower of the Year, admits he enjoys tending to the “world’s smallest licensed Vidalia Onion field”. The small patch of onions, the brainchild of Rich Williams (Events Coordinator for the Vidalia Area Convention and Visitors Bureau) and Wendy Brannen (Executive Director of the Vidalia Onion Committee), is a living exhibit and creates the feel of walking through an onion field as you enter the museum.

Ingrid Varn (Executive Director of the Vidalia Area CVB) states, “Since the museum re-opened last year, we have had visitors from all over the U.S., including Maine and Washington State, as well as tourists from Germany, Mexico, and the Caribbean.” Adding the onion patch to the museum’s list of artifacts and displays was a great addition, especially to show tourists who are interested in the agri-tourism. “We get visitors just about every day. Many of those tourists would love to visit an onion farm but have limited access. As locals, we forget about this treasure we have here in our backyard. The onion field is a way for us to bring together our State’s two biggest industries: agriculture and tourism.”

 

 
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