INDIAN TRAIL – Poplin Elementary School celebrated the end of its 10th year with a celebration on June 7 at Wise Acres Organic Farm.
Current and former students and their families enjoyed lunch and a variety of activities at the farm, which is located next to the school. In addition to eating hot dogs, ice cream and cotton candy, current and former students took part in a dunk tank, face painting, balloon animals and bubble wands.
“We are celebrating Poplin’s 10-year anniversary with a carnival-style celebration,” Principal Kate Earp said. “All our families are taking part and even our kids at the middle school and high school that went through Poplin are taking part. Everybody is having a great time and it is a great time, for everybody to celebrate Poplin.’’
Earp said the event took months to plan, and many volunteers and local businesses provided support for the event. Food Lion provided the drinks while Wise Acres provided the cotton candy.
“We started planning about the beginning of the year,” Earp said. “Last summer, we knew we were going to do something big at the end of the year.”
Wise Acres is a family-owned USDA certified u-pick organic strawberry and pumpkin farm. It has partnered with Poplin for the last six years, providing such things as mulch for the school garden and hosting field trips to pick strawberries and see the animals.
Wise Acres is closed until September but they host a variety of activities in the fall and spring, including tours, a barn store and local seasonal produce. They also offered wood-fired pizza on the weekends and coffee when they are open. The farm also may have summer markets for local tomatoes and peppers.
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