These 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 visit us at www.schuylkillfair.com and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
Fair goer have you ever wondered where milk comes from? How important bees are to us and food that we eat. What is the only apple native to North America? Discover all of this and more when you become an Ag Detective. This unique program let’s young and old alike learn about Schuylkill County #1 industry – Agriculture in a fun, engaging way. Placed throughout the fairgrounds are stations where the answers may be found. This is a great way to experience the 2015 Schuylkill County Fair. This interactive program is for all to enjoyment.
Fair goers will have the opportunity to investigate 20 stations set up throughout the fairgrounds. An Ag Detective may start their investigation by stopping by the “Farming for a Day” tent to pick up his official Ag Detective badge to proudly display on himself and working papers. Then it is off to investigate the stations. As Schuylkill County Fair Detectives will have the opportunity to investigate 4-H, Alpacas, Ag Museum, apples, bees, where milk comes from, corn, chickens, goats, horses, rabbits, sheep, steers, learn the difference between straw and hay, what is America’s national flower, parts to a quilt, how many clusters of grapes it takes to produce a glass of wine, what a grain is, and when FFA was found are all part of the contest.
At the end of the investigation the Ag Detective will turn in his/her paper work to the Fair Office to redeem a prize for all their hard work. This program is open to all, but only youth under 18 are eligible for a prize.
The fun with the Ag Detective doesn’t end there. There are for there are four more parts to the program with the expansion this year. The Ag detective also comes in a clue format. A participant still used the stations around the fairgrounds, but this time the clues are more deeply hidden in the stations. In the dairy barn and cattle barns there is another Ag Detective Activity called “Cattleville” is where participants search the poster for by products of the cattle industry. The third Ag detective activity added this year is found in the Horse Barn. Here measurement and converting the “hand” into feet are done to determine how many “hands” as well as feet tall a horse or pony stands. Turning in any of this paper work to the Fair Office allows participants to be eligible for prizes. Speaking of paper work, exhibitors can find Ag Detective Activity Stations placed around the fairgrounds where they can do a make and take type of learning from each station.
The 31 annual 4-H and FFA Livestock sale will be held on Thursday evening. Quality livestock at reasonable prices will be auctioned by Robert Derfler, Auctioneer of Pine Grove. The sale starts promptly at 6 PM in the Livestock Show Ring of the Schuylkill County Fair. Buyers may register to bid on an animal starting at 4PM and enjoy a complementary light meal until the auction starts.
Livestock for sale are owned and raised by 4-H/FFA members, who have put a lot of time and hard work into growing and training the animals for this event. The animals selected by the 4-H/FFA members are
chosen for their superior genetics and raised on special diets to present an optimum quality animal for the consumer.
Proceeds for the sale of these animals go back to the 4-H/FFA members to help with cost of purchasing and feeding the animal. For further information on the purchase of one of these quality animals see attached brochure on the Schuylkill County Fair website at www.schuylkillfair.com . The 4-H and FFA members invite you to purchase a quality animal for your use at the Schuylkill County Fair 4-H/FFA Livestock Sale.
All of this and lots more are to be had at the Schuylkill County Fair. Plenty of food can be found on the midway and don’t forget to ride the rides to your heart’s or stomach content. Rides are provided by Goodtime Amusement of Hellertown, PA. To think you get this for one price at the Schuylkill County Fair. For the latest information on the Fair see the web site www.schuylkillfair.com.
Visual Opportunities: Thur. July 30, 2015
- Dairy Show
- 4-H/FFA Livestock Sale
- Threshing Demonstration
- Tractor Parade
- Crossbow Demonstration
- Woods in Your Backyard Walk
- Threshing Demonstration
- Fish Identification
- Muzzle Loader Demonstration
Other Notable Visual Opportunities:
- Hogway Speedway
- Peggy Hentz “Red Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation Center”
- Kids Area Activities
- Schuylkill Talent Showcase – Tammy Wapinsky Vocalist
- Todd Gladfelder, chain saw artist
- Porcupine Pat, Naturalist
- Farming for A Day
- Ag Detective Activities
When: Thursday, July 30, 2015
Where: Schuylkill County Fair Grounds
More Info@: www.schuylkillfair.com