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Fourth-graders participate in Ag Day

Friday, March 18, 2011

Ten-year-old Camden Ringo holds a baby chick at the Poultry Booth during Ag Day Friday at the Clay County 4-H Fairgrounds. Ringo is a fourth-grade student in Kathy Walden's class at Cornerstone Christian Academy. Jason Moon Photo. [Order this photo]
Several local organizations banded together Friday to show Clay County fourth-grade students where the food they eat comes from.

Approximately 350 county fourth-graders were invited to Ag Day, which coincides with National Ag Week. The event took place at the Clay County 4-H Fairgrounds.

The purpose of the event is to help the students understand where the food they eat comes from.

"It (takes place) so kids can understand how their pizza gets from their farm to their plate," Clay County Extension Educator for Ag and Natural Resources Jenna Smith said.

There were several booths set up for the students during the annual event.

Display booths included a tomato booth, a meat booth, a cheese booth, a poultry booth, a soy and corn product booth and a dough booth.

In addition, there were hands-on booths. Students had the chance to hold a baby chick at the Poultry booth and also got to knead dough.

Smith said the Clay County Soil and Water Conservation District were also at the event to discuss erosion and Ceres Solutions were on hand with a wheat display.

She said the Clay County Extension Homemakers and Clay County Farm Bureau also took part.

"The involvement from the community with this program is outstanding," Smith said.

The students were brought to the fairgrounds via bus during the morning and afternoon and rotated from booth to booth. Smith said students got to spend at least 10 minutes at each station.

They also had the opportunity to see other animals outside, including horses, cows, pigs, sheep and goats, all of which were furnished by Clay City and Northview High School FFA students.

Clay County 4-H Youth Extension Educator Melanie Brown, who manned the cheese booth, said the event is something she looked forward to annually.

"It teaches (the students) that their food doesn't come from the grocery store," Brown said. "We enjoy doing this."

"It's interesting seeing (the students) understand the things they didn't understand before," Smith added, saying she also enjoyed answering their questions.

Earlier this year, Gov. Mitch Daniels declared March Agricultural Appreciation Month.

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I recognized this little boy immmediately! Hope you had fun Camden!

-- Posted by EYN1962 on Sun, Mar 20, 2011, at 8:25 AM

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