Sampson County Cooperative Extension agents are preparing for a fun-filled day in the spring and are looking forward to volunteers helping in the process.
Sampson County Ag Day is currently scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 16, at the local center, 55 Agriculture Place, Clinton. Daniel Collins, extension agent for 4-H Youth Development, said the group will focus on bringing more hands-on activities for participants to enjoy.
“We’re hoping to have a really good turnout,” Collins said and the family-focused event. “It’s open to anyone who would like to attend.”
Held every other year, its purpose is to provide learning though games, entertainment and vendors.
“It’s kind of like having a county fair in one day,” Collins said about bringing families and children to the extension grounds. “Rain or shine we’re going to be here.”
Collins said some of the activities include demonstrations from the Beekeepers Association and food demonstrations from Sydney Johnson and Lethia Lee, local extension agents. Some of the others will focus on gardening and youths for activities.
“We’re all pulling together by committees and putting on this event,” Collins said about the local extension office staff.
Some of the other activities include aquaculture (the farming of aquatic organisms such as fish and aquatic plants), agromedicine a viewing of “Farmland,” agriculture equipment for children to experience, veterinarian demonstrations and food for attendees to enjoy.
“It’s going to be like a street fair,” Collins said while talking about several activities that will be available.
During the event, the extension office will partner with other organizations. Currently, sponsorship opportunities are available for the event at different funding levels.
“If anyone wanted to help us out with funding or some in-kind donation, that would be wonderful too,” Collins said.
Volunteers are needed as well. Collins said the extension office would be accepting participation from other groups when it comes to activities.
“We’re going to need all hands on deck,” Collins said.
For more information about the event, contact the Sampson County Extension Office at 910-592-7161 or visit www.sampson.ced.ncsu.edu. Collins will also be available to discuss volunteer and sponsorship opportunities for anyone interested. Applications for vendors are also available.
“Agriculture is our number one industry in Sampson County,” he said. “It can range from very commercialized to very family friendly. We’re trying to put it all in one mix.”
In addition to having fun, Collins also stressed the importance of the educational aspect, which will be provided during the event.
“A lot of kids still think their milk comes from the store or that their breads comes out of a bag,” he said. “They don’t understand that it’s a process. It’s not a short-term process. It’s a long-term process that agriculture goes through. We’re going to show that in a fun way.”
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