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Young Farmers Day at the Farm Museum


by Audrey Thomasson

Summertime in Rivah Country brings “down on the farm opportunities” for kids and families.

Livestock and barnyard animals will be on display.

On Saturday, August 10, the Northern Neck Farm Museum near Horsehead in Northumberland County will offer children a new event for hands-on experience in some of the farming techniques used to raise crops for their meals. Young Farmers Day will be filled with fun activities on the ins and outs of American farming over the years.

Young farmers will learn how to raise vegetables from the very best—the Northern Neck Master Gardeners. They can get their hands dirty and dig into the soil courtesy of the Northern Neck Soil and Water Conservation’s education mobile.

Parents can pitch in and learn to churn butter alongside the kids.

Would-be-farmers will want to experience what its like to run farm equipment by operating pedal tractors that pull sleds much like an old-fashioned tractor pull.

Farmers from across the Northern Neck will display various kinds of tractors and other farm equipment they’ve used over the years. Families can even have their picture taken in front of a big combine.

There will be wagon rides, face painting, a bouncy barn, games, hands-on activities, farm animals for petting and a sneak peak at how the museum’s corn crop is growing as it takes shape for the popular corn maze grand opening in mid-September.

There will be plenty of activities for children.

Kids will love the display of old fashioned toys, including 18-year old Wesley Berry’s extensive toy tractor collection. Wesley will also have on display one-of a kind miniature farm exhibits showcasing farming operations he built himself.

While the event is geared for those ages 12 and younger, mom and dad will enjoy some of the craft demonstrations borrowed from Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern such as quilt-making and blacksmithing.

Plan a picnic or buy a lunch on site. Museum members will grill hot dogs and hamburgers for purchase. A variety of drinks also will be available.

For more information about this event, contact the Farm Museum at 804-761-5952.

Things to know:
When: Saturday, August 10
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where and contact info:
Northern Neck Farm Museum, near Horsehead
Address: 12705 Northumberland Highway, Heathsville, VA 22473
Phone: 804-761-5952

Entrance and parking
Entrance is free
Hamburgers, hot dogs and drinks available for purchase
Parking on the grounds

posted 08.01.2013

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