Extension Office unveils new pavilion

A project nearly three years in the making was finally unveiled to the public on Friday, November 17. The Knox County District Cooperative Extension Services held a ribbon cutting ceremony, officially opening the pavilion and dedicating it to Raquel Congleton, a woman who has served the Knox County Homemakers and the Knox County Extension board.

Located between the Extension Office and the old TrueSeal plant on Treuhaft Boulevard, the pavilion is a 5,600-square foot, freestanding structure with open sides and a metal roof. Currently, restrooms and a storage area are still under construction at the pavilion but are expected to be finished in approximately one month.

“To set a goal and to see it come together is very exciting,” said Danielle Barrett, Family & Consumer Sciences Agent.

The new pavilion will serve as a multi-purpose structure for several Knox County programs. This includes 4-H, Family and Consumer Sciences, Agriculture and Natural Resources, adult and junior youth gardening, food and nutrition, physical activity promotion, shooting sports safety, canning and food preservation demonstrations and youth day camps.

“The new facility will provide us with a safe location to host many programs for our youth including our rocketry and Cloverbuds programs among others that are difficult to host inside the office,” stated Renata Farmer, 4-H Agent.

Plumbing and electrical hookups along with a pull through design will also make the pavilion a perfect host site for the Knox County Farmers’ Market, which has floated to different sites across Knox County for several years. 

“It has been a privilege in working with the Farmer’s Market Board while we build and promote access to local foods for the community people,” said Wayne Kirby, Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent.