In honor of National Agricultural Awareness Week (March 18-24), the UGA Extension, the Georgia Forestry Commission and Georgia Farm Bureau hosted the first ever Meriwether County Agricultural Fair on March 20th from 9 am to 12 pm to celebrate. Approximately 400 first and second grade students from George E Washington, Mountain View and Unity Elementary Public Schools and Flint River Academy attended. Students had the opportunity to meet the farmers, hear firsthand about their work and see the equipment that they use and the animals and crops that they raise. They learned about the importance of pollinators for crops and forestry resources for building homes and making furniture.
Present for the fair were:
Nicole Karstedt with the Jasmine, the mobile dairy cow, for a milking demonstration
David and Connie Strickland and Jennifer Philips of WJM Farms with lambs for petting
Helen and Andrew Cedeno of Windy Pines Farm with kids for holding and petting
Dru Goodwin and Brian Edgemon of G & F Farms with beef calves
Chad Holliman, Bernice Moore, Amy Long, Sean and Ashleigh Lennon of Fitzgerald Fruit Farms with tractor and bedding equipment and strawberry ice cream samples (yum!)
Terry Strickland of Strickland Brothers Farm with hay equipment, hay bale maze, and decorated large round hay bale
Marty Mitchell of Manchester with beekeeping equipment-hive frame with comb, beeswax, smoker, scraper and honey
Jeff Mansour and Justin Mayfield of the Georgia Forestry Commission with pine tree seedlings for each student
Manchester High School Future Farmers of America and their advisor Martis Ferguson helped lead children around along with members of the ANR Program Team and USDA NRCS staff. The Meriwether Cattlemen’s Association donated funds to treat FFA members to lunch after the fair. Two Rivers RC&D of LaGrange also assisted with amenities.