The Goldendale, Wash., FFA hosted its 4th Annual FFA Ag Day on Thursday, May 30.
The goal of the event was to increase youths’ awareness of the agricultural industry through hands-on interactive learning activities. Goldendale FFA Members in 7th-12th grade developed educational stations for local students in 4th grade and below.
The event was attended by over 600 students from Goldendale Primary School, Roosevelt School District, Wishram School District, Centerville School District, Goldendale Head Start, Learning Ladder Christian Preschool and the public.
The educational stations that were planned and operated by FFA members included: beekeeping tools and a hive; planting seeds; sheep education; the life cycle of frogs, snakes, and chickens; breeds of dogs matching game; demonstrations of soil erosion; and archery education.
Additionally, the Cattlewomen provided education on beef by-products.
Youth were also able to milk a life-size cow, toss bean bags into animal cut-outs, sit in tractors, a swather, a dump truck and a side-by-side, view steam engines, race through a straw maze, practice roping, ride a horse barrel model and tour emergency vehicles provided by the Goldendale Fire Department.
Lastly, FFA members organized a petting zoo with horses, chickens, rabbits, pigs, goats, sheep, dogs and cattle.
“Ag Day was so cool, because we got to help kids learn about agriculture and have fun at the same time,” said Sandra Crook, Goldendale FFA president.