Two Johnston County horse show series, one an open class and the second a hunter class, have been announced. Following are open horse show dates: May 10, June 28, Aug. 9 & 10 at the Hunt Horse Complex in Raleigh; Sept. 20, Oct. 25 and Nov. 22. The hunter show dates are June 14, Sept. 6 and Nov. 8. Events are held at the Johnston County Livestock Arena in Smithfield, except where noted. For more, go to www.blaine-mclaughlin-stables.com or call Michele McLaughlin at 919-934-1344.
The Equestrian Exchange Tack Consignment Spring Sale will be held May 8-11 at the Cabarrus Event Center in Concord. Buy or consign anything related to equestrian sport, including tack for all disciplines of riding. Consignors drop off May 7 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Volunteers shop before the public. A premiere shopping night will be held May 8 from 5-9 p.m. Cost is $7. Open shopping with free admission is May 9 and 10 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and May 11 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Consignors pick up May 13 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Consignors earn 75 percent. For more, contact Lynn Beeson at 336-362-6248 or Tanya Wright at 540-977-1950 or go to www.EquestrianExchange.com.
A N.C. State Beekeepers Association meeting will be held July 10-12 at Wilkes County Community College in Wilkesboro. The event offers informational workshops for beginner beekeepers to advanced levels and includes presentations by educators and commercial operators. Vendors will be selling woodenware, veils, gloves and other equipment. For more, contact Ed Hunt at 910-272-3692.
The Sandhills Farmers Market in Pinehurst is accepting new applications from producer-only farmers within 75 miles of Pinehurst for the upcoming season. Interested farmers can apply online via sandhillsfarmersmarket.com or call Melanie Riley, market manager, at 803-517-5476.
Beekeepers with bees for rent and growers interested in bee pollination services can post their information on the BeeLinked website at www.ncagr.com/beelinked. The site is hosted by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the N.C. State University Apiculture Program. Anyone interested in listing their information can do so by filling out an online Submit Your Ad form on the BeeLinked page or by contacting NCDA&CS at 919-233-8214 or by email at NCHoneybee@ncagr.gov, or call NCSU at 919-515-1660. The NCDA&CS Plant Industry Division regulates the movement of agricultural or related items capable of spreading harmful insects, diseases, and other pests. Beekeepers participating in this program will be required to comply with all honey and bee industry regulations.