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Imagine the Fun in 4-H brings local ag to life

Imagine the Fun in 4-H brings local ag to life

A girl pets a goat at the 4-H Farmyard Experience during the opening day of the 2011 Stanislaus County Fair.


POSTED July 11, 2012 3:11 p.m.

Imagine the Fun in 4-H is the theme for this year’s Farmyard Experience at the Stanislaus County Fair. “We have a lot of new attractions that everyone will enjoy at this year’s Farmyard Experience,” said Karlene Bert, coordinator of the 4-H exhibit.  “It takes us about a year to prepare for the exhibit with help of many 4-H community members throughout the Valley.  Without them, Farmyard Experience could not be possible.”

New in the Farmyard Experience is a wine display featuring wineries throughout Stanislaus County. There will also be a new bee hive display with live bees and information on how bees produce honey.  Returning to the exhibit is the pig showcase from last year and her piglets.

Visitors will also be able to enjoy the petting zoo with baby piglets, cows, goats, and chickens.

The fun doesn’t stop there.  Tot Zone tractors will be available for the kids to ride on and a box of corn for them to play in.  There will also be a large Peg Puzzle where children can put their problem-solving skills to the test by putting the puzzle together.

Another addition to the exhibit will be a display with a large milk carton with a video of a cow delivering a calf and a display that features birth to the cow to the milk. 

“Also in our Farmyard Experience, we will have educational displays to teach kids about produce and agriculture in the Valley.  Patterson’s 4-H mini-members will showcase a hamburger stand where it will include an explanation of where and how the ingredients of a hamburger are made,” said Bert.

Putting together the Farmyard Experience is no walk in the park, according to Bert, who has been coordinating the exhibit for the past 15 years. Bert meets up with 4-H members and other leaders once a month to plan and gather ideas for the exhibit.

 “Before the animals are brought and showcased, we have to spray the entire area to make sure it is safe and sanitary for the animals.  Last week, we had hundreds of people help us clean out and prepare the barn area,” said Bert.

Imagine the Fun in 4-H, sponsored by Turlock Chamber of Commerce and Ag Committee, will be open weekdays from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and weekends from noon to 10 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

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