Edwards County Farm Bureau (ECFB) Ag in the Classroom department, in conjunction with the Edwards County Fair Board, hosted the Kids Fun Farm recently at the county fair.
“The fair board was looking for more hands-on activities related to farming as well as something to bring more people into the exhibition building,” said Rebecca Perry, ECFB manager. “That’s how the Kids Fun Farm idea came about.”
With grant funding from the American Farm Bureau Foundation White-Reinhardt Mini-Grant Program, the county created more than 12 games and stations for kids of all ages to participate in. Participants could shear a sheep, milk a cow, play beef jeopardy, match meat cuts to a pig, dig in corn kernels, plant a garden and more.
Stations were set up in the exhibition building. Participants could also play Barnyard Bingo while visiting the Kids Fun Farm. Each player received a card with all the stations listed. If they visited enough stations to make a bingo on the card, they received free shaved ice, compliments of the fair board and Shaved Annie’s, a local shaved ice food stand.
“The Kids Fun Farm was a huge hit. We are already gearing up to bring it back for 2018,” Perry noted.
The White-Reinhardt Fund for Education is a special project of the AFBF Foundation in cooperation with the AFBF Women’s Leadership Committee. It was established to honor two former chairs of that committee, Berta White and Linda Reinhardt, who were leaders in the national effort to improve agricultural literacy.