|Farm Bureau offers interactive agriculture experience at state fair|
|Wednesday, July 17, 2013 10:31 PM|
COLUMBUS — Family fun and a connection to rural Ohio are just two of the many reasons for visitors to stop by the Land and Living exhibit at the Ohio State Fair, July 24 to Aug. 4. Presented by Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF), the exhibit demonstrates agriculture’s link to everyday life.
Visitors to the exhibit, located in the Nationwide Donahey Ag & Hort building, can participate in a variety of activities, such as taking a ride in a virtual combine harvester simulator, watching chicks and turkeys hatch and driving remote control tractors through a farm setting. Children can ride a pedal tractor through the OFBF Country Cruise while adults can take a stroll to learn about Ohio crops, animals and other important areas of Ohio agriculture. Families also can capture their fair experience with a souvenir picture, compliments of Farm Bureau.
The Land and Living display will showcase many new exhibits including the Country Connection stage with demonstrations such as winemaking basics, sheep shearing, agriscience experiments and animals from the Columbus Zoo. July 26 and 27, Gus Smithhisler will carve a giant squash weighing more than 600 pounds, and the joint House and Senate Agriculture Committee hearing will be featured July 29.
Also joining the Land and Living line-up is Seed Survivor, presented by Agrium; this highly interactive exhibit will feature 20 multimedia and virtual reality games, a sunflower seed planting station, a watershed center and more. This exhibit for youths demonstrates that plants need water, light, healthy soil and nutrients to survive, as well as showing the importance of agriculture.
“The Land & Living exhibit definitely has something for everyone in the family,” said Ohio Farm Bureau lead intern Kelly Fager. “The building is full of activities that will leave visitors with a better understanding of Ohio agriculture.”
Land and Living is supported by the Ohio Soybean Council, Ohio Corn Marketing Program, Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers, Ohio Small Grains and the Ohio Expositions Commission. Last year, the exhibit attracted an estimated 350,000 state fair visitors. Land and Living is located east of the giant slide and across from the south entrance to the midway. There is no additional charge for visiting the building or any of its displays.