Farming for a Day

Farming for a Day

“Farming for a Day” is back and bigger than ever under a larger tent for this year’s 2013 Schuylkill County Fair.

Schuylkill County-“Farming for a Day” is back and bigger than ever under a larger tent for this year’s 2013
Schuylkill County Fair.  The Farming for the Day is adding seven new
activity stations.  In the tent this year there are stations where
young and old alike can make a living necklace to wear proudly.  While
creating a living necklace, add some more jewelry to your collection by
creating pasta jewelry.  Adding to these two stations is the corn grinding
station.  Here, using more muscle, children may grind corn into cornmeal
and wheat into flour.  View the drone bees in action making honey in
the hive and try to pick out the queen bee.  Back again at one
of the activity stations children are able to squeeze a pail of sweet creamy
milk.  This is from the model milking cow presented by the Dunn Family in
memory of Robert “Bobby” Dunn.  Learning by doing at this activity station
enable children to learn how much work is involved with milking dairy cows two
– three times a day and that chocolate milk does not come from brown
cows.  Bobby Dunn, through his “heart of a kid and patience” as an
ambassador of agriculture, would have like children to learn that it takes a
lot of work to produce that cold refreshing glass of milk.  From the
milking station, kids can churn butter from sweet cream donated by Guers
Dairy.  Cluck like a chicken when you make a chicken clunker out of a
plastic cup and string.  Grow some hair on a head with the soil Sam
(chia-pet).  Explore the basin of mystery mush and learn about the
properties of cornstarch and water.  View and make the lifecycle of
butterfly’s provided by Folks butter fly Farm.  Go buggy when making the
flying grasshopper.  Play a game of corn bag toss.

These seven
new activity stations are just part of the many other activity stations found
in the Farming for a Day tent.  The successful hands on activity centers
returning from last year include, but are not limited to picking apples, and
gathering eggs from nesting boxes.  Thank Tri-Valley FFA as children are
able to dig up real potatoes growing in a sandbox garden and play in a corn
filled or soybean (sand) box.  Card some wool for a winter sweater or
grind some wheat to make flour.  Nearby stalks of corn with
ears show children how corn is grown.

Stop by the Farming for a Day tent
and learn about the life of a farmer.  While you are in the tent, say a
big thank you to the Tri-Valley FFA and the Dunn Family for making the Farming
for the Day possible.  It is their commitment to Agriculture and a strong
work ethic shown by both the Dunn Family and Tri-Valley FFA.  The children
are our future and Agriculture is what makes that future strong.  To find
out more about this event or others happening at the Schuylkill County Fair
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