3 events celebrate agriculture

You have a great opportunity to participate in several agricultural events in the last weeks of summer.
One can choose traditional family fun at the Hancock County Fair, be dazzled by the latest in farm and food technology at Farm Science Review, or go back in time and enjoy the Hancock County Historical Barn Tour.
There are several celebrations that make this year’s Hancock County Fair special. It is the 75th year of the fair at its current location and Extension is celebrating 100 years of serving the community.
On the surface, 75 years at the same location does not sound like a major accomplishment. However, since the first fair in 1852, it has been at five locations before settling on the Old Millstream site. There will be a parade at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday to commemorate this event at the south grandstand on opening day.
Extension will celebrate its 100th anniversary during the fair in the youth building from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. It will be a time to visit with Extension personnel from the past and to enjoy ice cream and other refreshments.
Make sure to check out the Extension education exhibits in the Grange Building. The OSU Extension Master Gardeners will have an extensive display and will be present to answer any home horticulture questions.
Food and nutrition programs will be presented by Extension’s family and consumer science team in the Grange Building on Sunday and Monday of the fair. Agricultural safety educational displays will be in the Grange Building and the Farm Bureau Ag Tent during the fair.
Another late summer agricultural event to consider is the Farm Science Review near London.
Farm Science Review is a three-day educational show sponsored by Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
More than 100,000 visitors attend each year to learn about and observe the latest agricultural research, new technology, and visit over 600 commercial exhibitors. The show is known for its field demonstrations of the most technologically-advanced equipment and examples of successful farming practices.
Highlights of this year’s show will include demonstrations of drones for agriculture; a complete, modern grain storage system; and field demonstrations of the latest in planter technology.
The hours of the Farm Science Review are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 16 and 17, and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 18.
Details about all the events, exhibitors, field demonstrations and educational sessions can be found on the Farm Science Review’s website at http://fsr.osu.
Tickets may be purchased prior to the show at the Hancock County Extension office, 7868 Hancock County 140, Findlay, for $7. Tickets at the gate will be $10. Children age 5 and younger are admitted free.
If cutting-edge technology does not dazzle you at the Farm Science Review, turn back the clock, slow down, and participate in the Hancock Historical Museum’s Historic Barn Tour.
The museum held its first historical barn tour in 2013. So many people enjoyed the first tour that they demanded another tour this year.
The self-guided tour will be east of Findlay along U.S. 224. Individuals will have the opportunity to visit at their own pace six barns dating from the 1850s to the 1920s.
There will also be different activities at each barn, including an antique plow day, crafts, artisans, music, and food.
The Historic Barn Tour will be on Sept. 20 and the barns will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the Hancock Historical Museum. Additional information may be found at the museum’s website: http://www.hancockhistoricalmuseum.org/special-events/
Farmers will soon be harvesting this year’s corn and soybean crop. If you want to learn more about agriculture, I would encourage you to participate in one or all three of these late summer events.
The family will enjoy the fair, and the barn tour should be a great way to celebrate the last Saturday of summer and appreciate the agricultural heritage of Hancock County.
Lentz is extension educator for agriculture and natural resources for The Ohio State University Extension Service in Hancock County. He can be reached at 419-422-3851 or via email at lentz.38@osu.edu.
Lentz can be heard with Vaun Wickerham on weekdays at 6:35 a.m. on WFIN, at 5:43 a.m. on WKXA-FM, and at 5:28 a.m. at 106.3 The Fox.

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