Large Crowd Gathered at ‘Farm in the Park’

Mercer County Ag Literacy Coordinator, Teresa Kirwan, coordinated a ‘Farm in the Park’ day in Aledo’s Central Park on Friday, June 9th from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The event was held in conjunction with the Mercer County 4-H BBQ. The Mercer County Farm Bureau provided a farm equipment display, feed display, and a trivia wheel asking various agricultural trivia questions. Mercer County Master Gardeners helped the kids make ‘beanie babies’ where the kids’ plant a soybean in a small plastic bag, and their body heat helps the soybean grow. Steve Ausmus provided a petting zoo that featured a calf, goats, pig, chickens, and rabbits for the kids to enjoy. The YMCA provided a jump house. Mercer County Extension provided various agriculturally related crafts for the kids to enjoy as well as ‘Farmer for a Day’ stations where they students could pick apples, gather eggs, milk a cow, stack hay bales, and haul corn. Over 200 kids attended the event and a great time was had by all!

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