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"We have our third annual agricultural literacy day hosted by the Chatfield FFA chapter this Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Chatfield Elementary School," said Chatfield FFA advisor Stacy Fritz, looking forward to the chapter's Family Fun Ag Day.

"It is a large event where we invite families in the area to learn more about all areas of agriculture, food and natural resources by participating in kid-friendly activities, informational booths from area experts," she continued.

There will also be horse-drawn wagon rides, a petting zoo and an agriculture scavenger hunt. There will also be a free lunch donated by area businesses and each child will receive a free goodie bag.

We are holding the Family Fun Ag Day to increase people's knowledge on the industry of agriculture, food and natural resources in a way that is fun and brings our families together," Fritz said. "This industry is essential to every part of our day-to-day lives, and due to our increasing separation of production agriculture, it's always good to remind ourselves of the roots that make many of the conveniences we enjoy today possible."

The event features horse-drawn wagon rides given by Goldsmith Belgians, barrel train rides, equipment displays by St. Joseph Equipment and Hammell Equipment, educational displays by the Pope & Young Club, Minnesota Honey Producers, Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, the Chatfield FFA and more.

The free lunch hot dogs, chips, apples and beverages are sponsored by local businesses, including Ody's Meats, Burt's Meats, Preston Apple and Berry Farm, Wescott Orchard, Sekapp Orchard and Kappers' Big Red Barn.

"Children will get to plant a seed to take home," Fritz added. "There will be the petting zoo and they also will have a coloring sheet they can take with them as well. It will be a great opportunity for families to spend time together and learn about agriculture. There are a lot of unique experiences not found at other events."

Not only is the event educational for children visiting, it's also a learning process for the FFAers. "A lot of work has gone into planning this event," she continued. "Calls have to be made for donation of prizes, materials and food for the lunch, facilities and schedules have to be coordinated ahead of time. It's a lot of work, but we feel it will be well worth it."

Fritz said the FFA organization has had a lot of items donated for prize bags for the ag scavenger hunt, including biodegradable plastic bags made from corn and coloring books from the Minnesota Corn Growers Association, coloring books, crayons, stickers and more from the Fillmore County American Dairy Association, chicken hats, coupons and recipe cards from Gold 'n' Plump, and kids' magazines, posters and bookmarks from Minnesota Ag in the Classroom.

Fritz concluded, "It will be well worth it to attend this great event organized by the Chatfield FFA students. This is a free event, so for many families, that is a huge plus. They can spend part of the day with us, have a free lunch and hang out with their kids doing various activities with them."

The Chatfield FFA Family Fun Ag Day is sponsored by the Chatfield FFA and Chatfield FFA Alumni Association, and is slated for Saturday, Sept. 28, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Chatfield Elementary School cafeteria.

For more information, contact Stacy Fritz at sfritz@chatfield.k12.mn.us.