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[MARCH 18, 2004]  Fourth-grade students from all over Logan County delighted in some down-on-the-farm-like fun yesterday (Wednesday, March 17). The fourth annual "Celebration of Agriculture" Fair took place at the Laughlin Center on the Lincoln Christian College campus.

Members of the Logan County Farm Bureau organized and sponsored the fair in celebration of National Ag Day.

Pigs and ice cream were favorites of Brittney Bone, a student in Ms. Kristin Splain's class from Northwest School. The pigs were cute, Brittney said. And everyone enjoyed the ice cream made in zip-lock baggies.

Students also received pig food, or rather a mixture of human food that was the equivalent of what a typical pig eats. Take-home baggies were filled with a trail mix that included a variety of small, bite-sized snacks, candy-coated chocolate candies and raisins.

Activities and demonstrations were designed to help kids discover how agriculture is a world of opportunities and how people need agriculture in their daily lives. The five breakout sessions engaged students in hands-on activities. The sessions featured dairy, pork, corn, machinery and soybeans.

Future Farmers of America from three schools set up, taught and performed demonstrations and then cleaned up afterward. Eight students came from Lincoln, three from Hartsburg-Emden and five from Mount Pulaski.

LCHS student Jerrod Reynolds worked with students making blobs of colorful plastic from cornstarch and oil. Reynolds worked the fair last year too.

A game like bingo, with pictures of soy products on the cards and soybeans used for markers, helped students learn more about the diversity of soy.

Jumbo-sized green and yellow field equipment parked outside caught the attention of some students.

The closing segment featured sheep. Live sheep were brought in and shearing was demonstrated.

Students were bused to the half-day fair. About 175 students attended the 2-hour morning session, and around 85 students attended the afternoon session.


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Jim Drew from the Logan County Farm Bureau said that the fair has been going on about eight years now. The fair used to be taken to the schools, one school at a time. About four years ago they thought up the idea of bringing the students to the fair. Doing it this way has changed what can be done. So much more can be presented.

Students were also invited to participate in a "Celebration of Agriculture" essay contest. The top five winners will receive trophies.

The following schools participated:


  • Elkhart

  • Emden

  • Central

  • Zion Lutheran, Mount Pulaski

  • Washington-Monroe

  • Carroll Catholic

  • Chester-East Lincoln

  • Zion Lutheran, Lincoln


  • Northwest

  • New Wine Christian

  • Mount Pulaski

As kids were waiting for their buses and presenters were carrying stuff out, everyone was talking about their day, including one of three little sheep in their holding pen out front. He said, "Blahhhhhh!" Interpretation: They had a good time too and look forward to next year.

[Jan Youngquist and news release]

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