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Ag Fest brings farm life to the public


By MATEUSZ PERKOWSKI


Capital Press


Visitors to this year's Oregon Ag Fest will be able to see the evolution of farm machinery over time, from antique equipment to modern tractors and combines.


"That will be a neat contrast," said Michele Ruby, the non-profit's executive director, noting that visitors are often astounded by the size of current machinery.


The event, which will be held on April 27 and 28 at the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem, typically attracts about 18,000 visitors a year. Tickets for adults are $9 but children 12 and younger get in for free.


For the second year, organizers will present awards for non-profit groups that engage in agricultural education, said Ruby.


The event is partnering with the Cascade chapter of the FFA, which will provide an array of livestock for the petting zoo, she said.


"It's one of the biggest highlights for visitors," Ruby said.


A cooking demonstration by the Oregon Dairy Princess Ambassador will also be held to focus on meals that are made from Oregon-grown farm goods.


Ruby said that many farmers are closely involved in organizing the event, with the goal of teaching an urban audience about agriculture.


"We couldn't pull it off the event without volunteers," she said.


For more information, go online to www.oragfest.com or call 503-535-9353.



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