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  • Roger Sims, Journal Staff

Ag Day returns after pandemic forces cancellation

Updated: May 24, 2022

Josey, left, and Maddy, fourth-graders from Parker Elementary School, sit in the driver's seat of a tractor during Ag Days at the Linn County Fairground last week. (Photos by Roger Sims, Linn County Journal)

MOUND CITY – Sitting behind the steering wheel of a large tractor, running inside the bed of a semi-trailer used to haul grain, petting a calf or a goat, taking a short hayride around the fairgrounds. Those were just some of the activities 200 fourth-graders from the four elementary schools in Linn County got to do on Wednesday, April 27.

Arriving in buses from across the county the students converged on the fairgrounds north of Mound City to participate in Ag Day. Because of COVID concerns in 2020 and 2021, the annual event was cancelled, but last week the students were back, getting a taste of life on the farm as well as the hot dogs they were served.

Students line up to pet goats and listen to FFA students give background on raising goats.

With guides for the event supplied by the FFA chapters at Jayhawk-Linn, Pleasanton and Prairie View high schools, the students visited learning exhibits that included a horse, a calf, several varieties of goats, and chicks as well as a talk about corn by Frannie Eastwood with the Marais des Cygne Extension Service.

Karen Tuggle, who recently retired after a long career as district manager for the Linn County Soil Conservation District, was one of the volunteers busy fixing hotdogs in the kitchen at the fairgrounds. When she retired, Tuggle said that working with the children on Ag Day was one thing she would miss about her former job.

As she hurriedly wrapped hot dogs, she said she was glad that Ag Day was back.

Stacy Reagan, current district manager, said she was very happy with the event and the level of interest the students had in the demonstrations. “They were definitely engaged,” she said.

Jayhawk-Linn FFA member Dillon Champlin chauffeurs fourth-graders and fellow FFA members around the fairgrounds on a hayrack ride.

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