Buckeye Farm News
Visit Ohio Farm Bureau this year at the Ohio State Fair, July 28 – Aug. 8, where the organization will be inviting consumers to connect with agriculture at the “Land and Living” exhibit.
Located in the Nationwide Donahey Ag & Hort Building, the exhibit demonstrates agriculture’s link to everyday life. Returning this year, Gus the Giant Squash Carver will carve pumpkins weighing more than 800 pounds at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. on July 31 and Aug 1. Kids are invited to climb a 30-foot tall corn climbing wall and plant a flower to take home, all free of charge.
Children can also take a ride through the OFBF Country Cruise on a pedal tractor while adults can take a stroll to view facts about Ohio crops, animals and other important areas of Ohio agriculture. Families can also have their picture taken, compliments of OFBF.
An animal agriculture pavilion will feature livestock farmers discussing how they care for their animals. New this year is the Ohio Farm Bureau Backyard Vegetable Garden Display Basket class (details on page 16 of the document at this link) in which Farm Bureau members can enter their garden’s best.
Puppies that represent breeds of dogs that have traditionally worked on the farm as well as hatching chicks will be on display. A live webcam will allow those at home to view the animals online by visiting www.facebook.com/OurOhio and clicking on “My Ustream.”
According to Cara Lawson, OFBF promotion specialist, the exhibit strives to provide consumers with a positive feeling about agriculture and Farm Bureau.
“It’s really become a destination for families. And it’s nice to have Farm Bureau attached to that,” she said.
“Land and Living” is supported by the Ohio Soybean Council, Ohio Corn Marketing Program and the Ohio Expositions Commission. Last year, the exhibit attracted an estimated 350,000 state fair visitors. “Land and Living” is located east of the giant slide and across from the south entrance to the midway. There is no additional charge for visiting the building or any of its displays.