Haley Wilson and Abby Pozderac, the 2018 Ohio State Fair interns, are editors of the July 30, 2018 Growing our Generation, featuring insights and ideas directly from Ohio’s young farmers and food and agricultural professionals.
You may remember us from last year’s fair, but we’d like to say ‘Hello’ again! As the 2018 Ohio Farm Bureau state fair interns, we have been working hard for the past few months and having a blast planning Ohio Farm Bureau’s Land and Living Exhibit in the Nationwide Donahey Ag & Hort Building at the Ohio State Fair. Abby and I are so very excited that we will be with you again on our journey to another fantastic, educational and fun-filled fair, which runs July 25-Aug. 5!
Earning our ears at Walt Disney World
To gain knowledge that will make Land and Living that much better, the Ohio Farm Bureau State Fair interns annually travel to an exhibit. Previous trips have inspired attractions such as the Farm Bureau Foods Grocery Store, which drew in over 3,000 fairgoers last year.
This year, we decided to take our study trip to Walt Disney World to find out exactly how what could have been just a simple theme park earned the title of “happiest” place of them all. Throughout our trip, we made note of features and attributes that made this experience more magical than others.
Every summer, the Land and Living Exhibit interns search for fun, exciting and educational shows to fill the stage in the Land and Living Exhibit at the Ohio State Fair. Every day, four times a day, we will be filling the stage with something for everyone! Whether you’re interested in modern agriculture practices, are a huge fan the Columbus Zoo or want to see how Dippin’ Dots are made, you should check out our schedule and plan a trip to the Nationwide Donahey Ag & Hort Building.
Meet our ambassadors
The Ohio Farm Bureau employs 20 to 25 individuals as State Fair Ambassadors at the Land and Living Exhibit, located in the Donahey Ag & Hort Building. These individuals are from all across the state and come from a wide variety of backgrounds. Be sure to check out the website to get to know a few of our ambassadors better. Ambassador spotlights will be posted throughout the fair. Through this spotlight series, I hope to shine a light on some of our best and brightest that are beginning their journey as a young professional in agriculture.
Being an intern with the Farm Bureau is a fantastic opportunity for professional growth. Having a hand in curating an interactive and informative exhibit for over 100,000 plus fairgoers is no easy task. However, we have broken it down into three major components.
Each year, a team of two to three interns coordinates with over 60 outside groups to provide an engaging experience for the public. Commodity groups, various Ohio-based restaurants, a squash carver, and many pet adoption agencies are on our list of contacts. Agriculture is a diverse industry we are proud to showcase that!
Getting the word out about what goes on in the Donahey Ag & Hort Building is one of the most important tasks of the summer. Every year, an intern is in charge of writing a blog series that documents the many steps it takes to pull everything together. We also make appearances on Town Hall Ohio, AG TODAY in Central Ohio, and on the various social media accounts of the Farm Bureau.
From collecting resumes to conducting exit interviews, we have been working hard to facilitate an ambassador experience that sets young people off on the right foot of their journey to becoming young professionals in agriculture. We have spent the past month gathering schedules, processing paperwork, and preparing for four rounds of orientation. As we go in to fair week, we are confident in the abilities of the individuals we have selected to represent Farm Bureau.