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October 22, 2013

Family Farm Day slated Saturday

ENID, Okla. — Families can learn more about agriculture through Family Farm Day, which is Saturday at Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center.

Education Director Cody Jolliff said the event is designed to help people understand where their food comes from, and to relate agriculture of today with farming and ranching 120 years ago.

“A lot of kids today are kind of removed from agriculture, even though we’re in an agriculture-rich environment here,” Jolliff said. “A lot of kids who live in town are not exposed to it anymore, because of the advances in technology.”

The event is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and is free with the cost of admission to the Heritage Center. Admission is $3 for children and seniors, and $5 for adults. Families up to six people can get in for $13, and the center also is offering a promotional family membership for those who attend that day.

P&K Equipment is sponsoring the event, and Major County Historical Society also is helping out.

“They bring up a lot of antique show tractors that are all decked out,” Jolliff said.

There also will be a collection of farm trucks and implements on site.

Attendees will be able to engage in more than 20 hands-on activities. There will be pumpkin decorating, caramel apples and a lunch of beans and cornbread.

The center’s staff has been planning the event for months, building animal pens, tents and bringing in trucks. It’s considered the “big fall event” for programming and hands-on activities, Jolliff said. There will be more than 25 volunteers on hand.

Learning about and understanding agriculture is important because it is so much part of the nation’s economy, Jolliff said.

“If you eat, you’re a part of agriculture. It’s important that we don’t forget those things,” he said. “It’s the heart of our nation. They have the feed that feeds the animals and the animals that feed us, and all the produce. It’s our fuel.”

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