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Monday, June 3, 2013


WE INVITE YOU TO ATTEND THE 2013 ADGA ANNUAL MEETING AND CONVENTION IN ASHEVILLE, OCTOBER 12-19, 2013. Our theme LOOK HOMEWARD ASHEVILLE is geared to help you experience "Coming Home" hospitality our style.

any people have been attracted to the mountains of western North Carolina, and have made their homes here. That includes four well-known home places. First, and most important to our Annual Meeting next October is that western North Carolina is home to the American Dairy Goat Association in Spindale, North Carolina. Spindale is 58 miles south of our convention center in downtown Asheville.
The idea for our slogan LOOK HOMEWARD ASHEVILLE comes from an association with the famous writer Thomas Wolfe and his Asheville home where he penned his famous book, Look Homeward Angel. You can visit his home and the famous angel here.
George Vanderbilt built his 250 room home, The Biltmore House, here between 1889 and 1895. It is the largest privately owned home in the United States. Once the estate covered 125,000 acres, it now covers 8,000 acres. Biltmore Forest School was the first forestry education program in the United States. The grounds include 75 acres of formal gardens, a winery and the Inn on Biltmore. It is located in Asheville and well worth a visit.
In Flat Rock, NC, 27 miles south of our convention center, The Crowne Plaza Resort in Asheville, is another prized goat enthusiasts destination — The Carl Sandburg Home. The home was gifted to the National Park Service and is exactly as it was the day that Mrs. Sandburg moved out. You can just imagine that the Sandburgs will be back at any moment. Of course, we will be offering an excursion to Mrs. Sandburg's Connemara Farms Goat Dairy that she operated from 1935 to 1965. Her goal was to increase production and that she did. Her award winning Chickaming herd of 200 consisted of Nubians, Saanens and Toggenburgs. The goats you meet when you visit are related to her original herd.
Please check back often, we are adding more information as it becomes available. Also we haven't even mentioned that Asheville holds the title of Beer City, and has a vibrant local food culture, and is nestled in the midst of three national forests.

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