Learn about agriculture at First Farm Days

| August 3, 2016
First Farm Friday will be Friday, Aug. 5 from 5 – 8 p.m. in the 300 and 400 block of Main Street in Coshocton. File Photo | Beacon

First Farm Friday will be Friday, Aug. 5 from 5 – 8 p.m. in the 300 and 400 block of Main Street in Coshocton. File Photo | Beacon

COSHOCTON – For the past several years, Coshocton Soil and Water Conservation District has teamed up with Our Town Coshocton to host an agricultural-themed First Friday event, and this year will be no exception.

“The goal of the whole event is to have a program to help the public understand the importance of agriculture in our community and beyond,” said Deb Bigelow, district administrator of Coshocton Soil and Water Conservation District.

The ever-popular pedal pull will be back again this year. There will be five classes and the Coshocton Fair has donated admission and ride passes for each class. First place will receive three passes, second place will receive two, and third will receive one. The pedal pull is sponsored by Farm Credit Services.

“The pedal pull is pretty popular,” said Rick Williamson, Our Town Coshocton events committee chair. “There’s always a big crowd.”

The stamp card for the kids will return this year, but instead of kids having to visit all 18 vendors, they can choose nine to go to this year. After they’re finished, they will receive free custard from Whit’s donated by Whit’s and Farm Credit Services.

In addition, there will also be goats, sheep, beef steer, and farm equipment at the event. The Coshocton County Antique Tractor Association will also be bringing some of their tractors for people to enjoy.

“It’s educational,” said Williamson. “We’re getting people who are not able to get around the agricultural world and getting city kids involved to see what it’s like to be involved in agriculture.”

Bigelow hopes that those in attendance will appreciate what an important part agriculture plays in our daily life.

“This is where our food comes from,” said Bigelow. “It’s more than food, it’s your clothing as well, but it’s important that they understand where their food comes from and what an important industry it is.”

There will also be a cruise-in on Fourth Street. Main Street from Third Street to Fifth Street will be blocked off for the event.

Other than agriculture, the Walhonding Rube Band will be playing at the courtsquare and there will be a musician performing at the ParkSPACE.

“Hal Walker is a children’s musician,” said Ann Cornell, director of the Pomerene Center for the Arts. “He did a concert for third graders the Friday of Dogwood Festival and it was a great concert.”

First Farm Fridays will be Friday, Aug. 5 from 5 – 8 p.m. This is a free event on Main Street in Coshocton which begins in May and runs until September each first Friday of the month.

“It’s been a pleasure to work with Rick Williamson and Our Town Coshocton,” said Bigelow. “I appreciate how much they’ve helped us this year.”

The September First Friday theme is tailgating and cheering on your favorite football team.


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