City kids got the opportunity to learn about life on the farm during the Bell County Farm Field Day on Friday.
Over 500 students from Bell, Whitley, Knox, Lee and Claiborne counties took a field trip to the Bell County Fair Grounds to experience livestock and agriculture in the area.
“Ultimately, the day is to advance agriculture and raise awareness of what agriculture is. Kids can learn how agriculture impacts their lives,” said Stacy White, University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources.
Many of the educational displays were hands-on including goats, which were a big hit. Tom Rison with the Claiborne County Extension Office gave a discussion about dairy goats and keeping them healthy for milk production.
Students could visit with beekeepers and search for a queen bee in an enclosed hive of honeybees that were on display. Beekeepers taught the students about the importance of honeybees in agriculture and using honey as a sugar alternative for healthy eating and allergy prevention.
Lee County 4-H member Robby Burchett gave a demonstration about taking care of cattle. Robby’s steer, Elvis helped to add to the excitement.
Burchett has been involved with raising cattle since he was 4 years old and has been a member of the Lee County 4-H program for several years.
“This gives the 4-Hers an opportunity to show their leadership skills they’ve been learning. They get a chance to show the things they’ve been learning and hopefully kids are learning a little bit of the hard work they put into it,” said White.
Bell County Extension Agent Brandy Calvert led hands-on activities for younger children at the 4-H Physics Zoo. This gave children a chance to learn about electricity and kinetic energy in a fun manner.
“We want kids to take this information home and see how agriculture makes a difference. We also hope to get some kids interested in 4-H and have them join our clubs,” said White.
The event was organized in part by the Bell County Agriculture Advancement Council which is made up of farmers around Bell County. Attendees were given lunch which was funded through donations from area businesses.
For more information or to donate to next year’s Farm Field Day, contact the Bell County Cooperative Extension Office at 606-337-2376.
Reach Kelsey Gerhardt at 606-302-9093 or on Twitter @kgerhardmbdn.