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Kadence Brown of Hamilton didn't let two front teeth missing deter him from enjoying the draft horse team at the Hancock County Farm Bureau's recent event.
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'Down on the Farm' event draws 200 elementary students
More than 200 first graders from Hancock County elementary schools participated in the eighth annual Hancock County Farm Bureau (HCFB) “Down on the Farm” program at the Hancock County Extension Center.
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Published: May 25, 2012
More than 200 first graders from Hancock County elementary schools participated in the eighth annual Hancock County Farm Bureau (HCFB) “Down on the Farm” program at the Hancock County Extension Center. Students had the opportunity to visit eight different stations.
Merlin Tobias, a farmer from Basco, spoke to the kids about agriculture in Illinois.
Other highlights included a hayrack ride, petting zoo, equipment tour, moo moo masks, milk a cow, farm safety, and farm chore races.
Prairie Farms Dairy donated 200 cartons of milk and Martin and Sullivan’s John Deere provided machinery for the event.
Carol Jerrod, HCFB Women’s Committee chairman said, “We feel it is important to give students a chance to experience the farm life.
“It is quite the sight to see 200 kids running around the Extension Center with smiles on their faces. You can truly see how excited all of the students were to interact with the animals and milk the cows!”
More than 20 Farm Bureau members donated their time and energy in making this annual event a success.
Sara Brockman is manager of Hancock County Farm Bureau. She can be reached at 217-357-3141.
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