Ag Days is a free event held to share the importance of agriculture in communities, and several thousand attend this two-day event each year.
Farm Bureau Ag Days is being chaired by Fairfield County Farm Bureau’s Communication Action Team Leader Darcy Soliday, who said the event started with only 35 exhibitors in 2009, but has grown tremendously over the past four years. This year there will be a variety of more than 70 exhibitors, displays, tournaments, competitions, entertainment and activities for kids, fun games and livestock exhibits.
She described what attendees can expect as they stroll through the grounds. They will witness agriculture in action: Sawmills buzzing, black smiths hammering, and hit and miss engines roaring. Popcorn, cracklings, soup beans and honey can be sampled, and farmers will be intrigued with the equipment brought in from Kreager Tire, Shaw Ag, Foltz Ag, Seneca Steel and JD Equipment.
“New this year is our antique tractor pull, horseshoe tournament and Ohio State University will have a screening for farmers with arthritis,” Soliday said.
Soliday said some of the activities for children will include a livestock exhibit, Farm Bureau games, a soil activity, face painting, a sawdust coin find and bird feeders they get to take home.
A contest to design the event logo is also held before the event.
“Each year we have an art contest to design our logo for the exhibitor plaques, and it will be used as the cover page for our 80-page program booklet and handout during the event. With our first winning design we made T-shirts to wear and this year we’ve had hats made,” she said.
Ag Days will kick off Saturday April 14 at 9 a.m. with a welcome from Ohio Farm Bureau President Steve Hirsch.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Contact Darcy Soliday at 740-994-0522 or Hocking County Farm Bureau Office at 740-474-6284