TAVARES — Lake County Commissioners and Deborah Boulware, Director of the Lake County Extension Office, cut the ribbon Friday morning to the newly renovated and expanded Lake County Agricultural Center, located at 1951 Woodlea Road in Tavares.
“On behalf of the Board, it is my pleasure to officially open this wonderfully refurbished facility. With additional classrooms, plant clinic and lobby space; this facility will continue to positively serve the citizens of Lake County for decades to come,” said Commissioner Catherine Hanson.
With golden garden shears in hand, the Lake County Board of County Commissioners and Deborah Boulware, Director of the Lake County Extension Office, cut the ribbon to the newly renovated and expanded Lake County Agricultural Center.
The ceremony, however, wasn’t all pomp and circumstance. Jim Bannon, Director of the Lake County Department of Facilities Development and Management, presented the Board with a $124,000 check, which was left over when the $1.2 million project came in under budget.
After the ceremony, guests toured the renovated facility and were treated to some breakfast refreshments that featured fresh herbs from the Agricultural Center’s Discovery Gardens, a hands-on learning tool for homeowners, garden enthusiasts, educators and children.
“I am just so happy,” exclaimed Boulware, after receiving a golden shovel from the facility’s ground-breaking ceremony that was signed by the project manager and staff.
The Agricultural Center houses the Lake County Extension Service, a partnership between the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agriculture Sciences and the Board of County Commissioners. The trained professionals and volunteers of the extension service offer research-based education in agriculture, family and consumer sciences, and 4-H youth development.
For more information about the Lake County Agricultural Center, call (352) 343-4101.