You are invited to be a kid again on Tuesday, July 28th! It is a day filled with food, fun activities, educational exercises and entertainment. The day starts at 11AM when the gates open to the public. For the second year, Goodtime Amusements out of Hellertown, PA is operating the rides opening at 1PM.
If a fair goer comes a little early on Tuesday, you may see the alpaca show in progress followed by the sheep show. 4-H/FFA members show off their breeding and market animals in front of a seasoned judge, who in their opinion, determines which animals are superior.
Visit with the flyboys of the Tuscarora R.C. Club. Determine which are the good bugs vs the bad bugs with the Master Gardeners. Sit around a campfire with Big Owl and learn some Indian Lore.
Be an Ag Detective and investigate the facts about agriculture. Pick up your detective badge and working papers at the Farming for the Day Tent. Investigate 20 stations set up throughout the fairgrounds. Maybe you are more hands on oriented. Travel the fairgrounds collecting and doing agricultural activities where you make a bean book, create the life cycles of apples and pumpkins, learn how corn goes from the tassel to the table and tell the fortunes of livestock animals.
The fun of being an Ag Detective doesn’t end there! There are three more parts to the program with the expansion this year. The Ag Detective program also comes in a clue format. A participant still uses the stations around the fairgrounds, but this time the clues are more deeply hidden in the stations. In the Dairy Barns and Cattle Barns there is another Ag Detective station called “Cattleville” where participants search the poster for byproducts of the cattle industry. In the Horse Barn, measuring and converting the “hand” into feet is done to determine how many “hands” as well as feet tall a horse or pony stands.
Lunch under the trees of the Dr. James S. Shadle Nature Center and later take in the educational hands-on stations in the center. The Nature Center will be set up with a number of interactive nature learning stations. Make a bracelet and learn the cycles of the earth, help build a forest, lace a necklace around your neck with the earth’s elements that allow all of us to live. Roll a tree out of newspaper and watch it sprout branches. These are some of the nature crafts that will be conducted under the direction Porcupine Pat.
The Kids Tent has many activities going on inside and immediately outside the tent area on Kids Day. The Kid’s Area features many creative contests just for this day. Some of the contests going on for the day include: toilet paper toss, Frozen T-shirt, and cupcake challenge. Visit the Kids Tent for times of these contests. In addition to these contests the kid’s area has many more contests in which to participate. Cool off with an ice cream eating contest. Satisfy your hunger with Pie and Jell-O eating Contests while washing it all down with a Milk Chugging Contest. Exercise off all that you ate with the pedal tractor pull run by the Agriculture Museum or take a more relaxed attitude and watch for the Tractor Parade put on by the Ag Museum at 4:30 as it wanders throughout the fairgrounds. All of these contests and more may be found in and around the Kid’s Tent.
The Ag Arena Activities will be set up with multiple interactive stations. Participants can get their “Milkstache” on. Have your photo taken with a milk mustache and a dairy calf for a nominal donation of a dollar. “Meet and greet” 4-H livestock animals up close and personal without any “gates” between the animal and you. Fiber art will be another station where participants can make a wool dryer ball. The wool is tightly fisted together into a ball and placed in a nylon stocking. Participants take home three of these wool balls in the nylon to be washed and put into the dryer. After taking the balls out of the nylon, all moms can use the balls regularly in the dryer instead of using dryer sheets. Clothing will dry with no static build. Some people say that the clothes in the dryer with the dryer balls actually take less time to dry and clothing comes out looking nicer. Shrink down your artwork into a shrink dink charm for a charm pin. Take aim with a spud pistol. Horse around with a stick pony. Combine cornstarch and some moo glue to make some Gak. Create a batch of play dough in a plastic bag. Plant a living 4-H clover. The Dairy Delicious Quiz Game is what the Dairy Industry is promoting with unique dairy prizes.
Come to the Fair on July 28th and participate in the Ag Arena Activities along with all of the many other special activities planned for Kids Day!