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October 12, 2006

'World of Agriculture' is success at Cumberland County Fair

ABCs of agriculture exhibit
A Cumberland County Master Gardener volunteer explains the ABCs of agriculture to preschoolers visiting the county fair. (Photo courtesy of Emily Revels)

North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Cumberland County office, sponsored the “World of Agriculture” during the 2006 Cumberland County Fair, held Sept. 14-24. Created by Emily Revels, consumer horticulture agent, and the Cumberland County Master Gardener volunteers, this educational element of the fair was well received and visited by fair goers.

More than 400 community children, ranging in age from 3 to 18, colored 48 large tractor posters for the exhibit. The tractors were displayed from the ceiling in the Civic Center Expo, making a showcase entrance into the “World of Agriculture.” Farm equipment, new farm tractors and antique farm tractors were also included in the display.

In addition, four educational backdrops were created that promoted the “ABC’s of Agriculture,” “Animals and Agriculture,” “Agriculture in Our Lives,” and “North Carolina Agriculture.” Informational handouts promoting the value of agriculture in our daily lives were developed to correlate with each backdrop. In addition, three display board developed for the exhibit promoted US farm facts, the life cycle of butterflies, chickens, plants and frogs, and included a board for “counting critters.”

Over 1,200 pre-K and kindergarten children visited the fair. Master Gardeners entertained the children in the “World of Agriculture,” with the “Animals and Agriculture” and the “ABC’s of Agriculture” exhibits. Volunteers said that performing for children with puppets and being rewarded with the ABC song by the children was a highlight.

Educational booths were set up around the “World of Agriculture” and included displays promoting agricultural topics by local FFA groups, 4-H clubs, Cape Fear Botanical Garden, Soil and Water Conservation, City of Fayetteville Stormwater Department, the Fayetteville Water Action Committee, Extension Beekeepers, and Extension Forestry.

The “World of Agriculture” exhibit helped explain the value of agriculture to more than 11,000 residents of Cumberland County and North Carolina.

-E. Revels

Posted by Natalie at October 12, 2006 09:35 AM