Ohio Farm Bureau’s Land and Living Exhibit at the Ohio State Fair will again demonstrate agriculture’s link to everyday life through many interactive displays and activities.
Kelsey Rumburg of Chardon, Maggie Dean of Marion and Hayley Beck of Norwalk are the interns charged with developing and coordinating this year’s exhibit.
“Agriculture is a beautiful part of our state, and this exhibit is an amazing opportunity to showcase this. We would like to educate but also learn and grow ourselves. We are constantly working to build connections in our community, and this is our chance to really build on the strengths of each of the partnerships we have forged and continue to forge more.” ~ Kelsey Rumburg
“One of our main goals for the Land and Living Exhibit this year is to give the public a deeper understanding of agriculture and its importance in our everyday lives. We want to focus on educating children especially because, after all, they are our future. We plan to accomplish this by giving people a fun, agricultural experience that leaves people with a smile on their faces.” ~ Maggie Dean
“I hope this year at the fair, we are able to educate consumers about agriculture and show fairgoers the fun and positive side of our industry. Without consumer trust, our industry does not have a future. Education and interaction with consumers is very important; we are hoping to accomplish this at the state fair.” ~ Hayley Beck
New additions to the exhibit this year include a combine simulator, Ohio Bioproducts Innovation Center and adoptable dogs from area shelters and rescues.
Returning to the exhibit are Nationwide, the Columbus Zoo, a photo opportunity, Country Cruise pedal tractors and more.The interns are chronicling their activities leading up to the fair in their blog, including the construction of the combine simulator. They also will update the blog throughout the fair.
Photo by Galen Harris.