Alan Merchant tells children about a newborn piglet during the B.C. Fair, where FFA members staffed a barn for ag education displays.

Alan Merchant tells children about a newborn piglet during the B.C. Fair, where FFA members staffed a barn for ag education displays.

By Jakob Long – Co-Reporter , VS FFA

The Benton County Fair was held on July 22th-26. Four local FFA chapters: Vinton-Shellsburg, LaPorte-Dysart, Benton Community, and Belle Plaine joined forces to create and manage the FFA Fair Barn for the general public to learn and enjoy all aspects of agriculture during the duration of fair.

This year there were all types of animals in the FFA barn to learn about. They included alpacas, sheep, horses, pigs, cattle, goats, chickens, ducks, turkeys, guineas, peacocks, geese. This year we farrowed a sow and showed the public the birthing of a pig. Along with having animals in the FFA barn, there are different classes taught in the fair barn which consist of tie dying shirts, how to make butter, sock Chia pet, and how to pig ear notch newborn pigs.

Other FFA activities that happened in the FFA barn were grain bin pull where it simulates how hard it is to pull someone out of a grain bin, movie nights which showcased Spirit and Over The Hedge for children and adults to watch, an ethanol display over how it is made and the different products that come from corn, and a station to vote for your favorite dairy products hosted by the Benton County Dairy Producers.

Members helped young children and even adults learn about agriculture from all the animals in the barn and activities that took place during the 2016 Benton County Fair.