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Agri Awareness Day
Grade 6 students from Palmerston Public, Minto-Clifford and Maryborough Public Schools attended Ag Awareness Day. There were 110 students and 9 stations for them to attend.
The stations were Lamb, Grain Crops, Beef, Dairy, Pork, Honey, Recycling, Chicken and Butter Making. There were live animals for the chicken, lamb, pork and beef to see up close and touch. The Wellington County Museum did butter making demonstrations for each group. Many stations had hands-on activities to help with the learning effort. The Norwell LEAF class attended to help set up the games, make the goody bags, prepare and serve a healthy snack.
The afternoon Farmer Olympics had each team working hard together to best their competitor. There was the Round Bale Roll. Round bales are not evenly round and the bales did get off track, adding to the challenge to make the best time. There was the Sack Race. Using a feed bag, competitors jumped their way around the mid-point and back to the finish line as quick as possible. There was the Egg and Spoon relay. Each team had only 6 eggs and needed to carry them through the pilons on a spoon without breaking them all. Not many eggs were harmed in the making of this relay. There was also the Farmer’s Relay. Students put on their coveralls and rubber boots, loaded a pumpkin into the wheelbarrow, wheeled down and around the pilon, back to the starting line, unloaded the pumpkin, took off their rubber boots and coveralls for the next student. That was a sight to see!
Pumpkins were bruised, coveralls were on backwards, eggs were broken and feed bags destroyed but fun was had by all and a winning team was crowned. Minto-Clifford #2 was the 2019 winner of the Ag Awareness Olympics.
Each student was given a goody bag with pencils and erasers as well as information on each of the commodities they had seen during their day.
2020 Ag Awareness Day
This years event will take place on Wednesday, September 23, 2020