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Oregon Ag Fest lets families experience farm life

Event set for April 23-24 at state fairgrounds in Salem


To experience an old-fashioned country fair, head to the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem April 23-24 for the Oregon Ag Fest, a family event featuring an array of hands-on, interactive activities designed to help kids learn where their food and fiber comes from.

All the festival’s events center on locally grown products, allowing families to celebrate the diverse world of Oregon agriculture, said Michele Ruby, executive director of Oregon Ag Fest. COURTESY PHOTO - Nosey the cow will receive visitors at the Oregon Ag Fest in Salem April 23 and 24.

“Some 98 percent of the U.S. population now lives in an urban world,” said Tami Kerr, Ag Fest chairwoman. “More and more, families and children live their lives totally separated from the source of their food.

“Oregon Ag Fest is a creative, family friendly, fun way to help bridge the gap and share the wonder and importance of Oregon’s bountiful harvest,” Kerr added. “We are really proud that a large part of Ag Fest’s family appeal is that it is very inexpensive to attend — and almost everything inside the event is completely free.”

Weekend events include:

¦ Meet “Nosey” the cow

¦ Watch a llama show

¦ Race a mini pedal tractor

¦ Watch chicks hatch

¦ See a sheep get a haircut

¦ Listen to live music and enjoy family entertainment

¦ Plant seedlings

¦ Ride a pony

¦ Meet cows, rabbits, pigs and other farm animals

¦ Take a horse-drawn wagon ride

¦ Visit garden and craft booths

¦ Watch cooking demonstrations

¦ Taste local foods

From 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. April 23, visitors to the festival can enjoy a ranch-style breakfast featuring hotcakes, sizzling ham on the grill, Oregon-grown fruit toppings, scrambled eggs, juice, coffee and milk — all prepared by Linn County 4-H groups. Cost is $6 for adults, and children under 3 can eat for free. Proceeds from the breakfast provide scholarships for 4-H camp and leader training.

General admission to the ag fest is $9 for those age 13 and over. Children 12 and under will be admitted free. Parking is free as well.

For more information, visit oragfest.com.