Learn about agriculture at August’s First Farm Friday

| August 2, 2017

COSHOCTON – On Friday, Aug. 4, the 300 block of Main Street will be transformed into a farm atmosphere during the seventh annual First Farm Fridays. Come and learn about the number one industry in Coshocton County: Agriculture.

“We want to make a conscientious effort to bring agriculture to the city of Coshocton,” said Deb Bigelow of Coshocton Soil and Water District. “When we first started, our goal was to coordinate a program to help the general public understand the importance of agriculture in our community and beyond.”

The event has always displayed farm machinery and farm animals, but recently, they have added a stamp card for kids. Each child will receive a stamp card and are asked to visit at least 10 of the 18 stations set up. After the stamp card is completed, kids will be treated with a free custard from Whit’s. Whit’s has donated the first 100 custards and The Coshocton County Farm Bureau has paid for an additional 100 custards.

A pedal tractor pull will also take place at 6 p.m. Registration is from 5 – 6 p.m. and there are prizes for each class. Classes will be divided by weight. Kids ages 12 and under are encouraged to participate. There will be five classes.

“We really encourage kids to sign up for that,” said Bigelow. “There is time to do both the pedal pull and get your stamp card completed.”

Sponsors for the event are Coshocton County Farm Credit, Coshocton County Farm Bureau, district sponsors who provide t-shirts to vendors, Ridgewood Alumni Association who sponsors the pedal pull, Coshocton County Fairboard, who awards free fair passes as prizes, including rides, Whit’s Custard, and Coshocton County Soil and Water Conservation District.

“We’re all guilty of not remembering where our food comes from,” said Bigelow. “It all has to start somewhere on a farm. More and more generations are getting removed from the farm, so the more we can help people remember that, the better. We want to make this event educational but keep it fun.”

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