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Ag Education Lined Up for Clay County Fair

Spencer, IA (CCF)–The Awesome Ag Show, Grandpa’s Barn, and the Ag Learning Center are three free, interactive opportunities for kids of all ages to learn about Iowa’s number one industry – agriculture – at the Clay County Fair, September 7-15.

Mike Klee will be back with The Awesome Ag Show all nine days of the Fair.  Klee’s show concentrates on local agriculture and how it directly impacts each audience member’s daily life.  Klee will delight and amaze audiences with his incredible talents in magic, storytelling, and balloons, all aimed at getting his educational message across in a fun, entertaining way.  Klee engages audience members throughout his act, asking children to participate on stage with him.

Grandpa’s Barn, sponsored by Clay County Farm Bureau, provides an opportunity for children to see and touch a variety of farm animals.  Staffed by volunteers, the barn is a perfect place to be educated about the livestock industry.  Guided tours are available each Saturday and Sunday of the Fair.  Mabel the Milker, sponsored by MaxYield Cooperative, returns to the Fair this year and gives fairgoers a chance to try their hand at milking at dairy cow.

The Ag Learning Center, coordinated by Clay County Iowa State Extension staff, will be showcasing a variety of agriculture-related exhibits for both producers and consumers during the Fair.  The center offers an interactive environment for all ages to learn about Iowa agriculture and is also home to the ISU Extension Clay County “Ag-Citing” program.  Last year more than 600 third graders visited the Fair as part of the “Ag-Citing” program, which teaches students about agriculture.