More than 75 vendors are slated to participate in this years Susquehanna County Ag Day on March 3. The annual event features food, seminars, children’s activities, and a pie contest and draws hundreds of people of all ages to Elk Lake High School in Springville.
Photos by Rick Hiduk/Submitted Article
The 28th Annual Susquehanna County Ag Day will be held on Friday, March 3 at Elk Lake High School. The event will kick off at 10 am with 75 plus Ag vendors, educational workshops, health organizations, lunch, pie baking contest, pie auction, and delicious dairy products including milk, cheese, and ice cream. This event which traditionally focused on dairy has expanded to include all enterprises in agriculture.
Lunch will be available in the school’s cafeteria. The cost is $3 per person, and children under 5 may eat for free. Lunch reservations are required by calling the Susquehanna County Extension office at 570-278-1158. Reservation deadline is noon, Tuesday, Feb. 21. Individuals making reservations can pay at the door for their lunch.
Several classroom workshops will be offered at Ag Day including two pesticide credit workshops by Penn State Extension Agronomy Educator Dave Messersmith. Rearing Steer Calves from birth to 300 pounds and Nutrition and Economics of Dairy Beef Steers in the Feedlot, presented by Penn State Educators Tara Felix and Cheryl Fairbairn. There will also be a Beekeeping program and a program on Harmful Algae Blooms presented by Penn State Educator Peter Wulfhorst.
The Susquehanna County Farm Bureau will also offer information all day on Poison Prevention and Farm Safety for Kids. There will be a lot of fun activities for kids.
Ag Day visitors are encouraged to take a stroll up “Health Alley” and visit a variety of health and community organizations who will be promoting their activities and programs.
The Susquehanna County 4-H program will be looking for new members at Ag Day as well!
Also, be sure to make at least one stop at the Dairy Promotion’s booth and pick-up some free ice cream provided by Kool Cow Cabin Creamery and Manning Farm Dairy. The dairy promotions court – Dairy Princess Brooke Marvin and Dairy Ambassadors Dana Nunemacher, Emory Bewley, Alivia Hughes, Mary Chidester, Krista Jones, Elizabeth Chidester and Kendra Brant and Dairy Maids Katelyn Farley, Courtney Marvin and Kendra Brant – will also be serving cheese and crackers.
Ag Day’s ever popular Pie Contest and Auction will once again be held with all proceeds benefiting the Susquehanna County 4-H Dairy Program and Dairy Princess Promotion Program.
Guidelines for the 2017 Ag Day Pie Contest are as follows:
· One pie per participant
· There will be two divisions: adult and youth (under 18)
· Pie should be in a 9-inch aluminum pie plate
· Pies must be entered by 11:00 am; please bring them to the stage in the gym at Ag Day
· The top six pies will be recognized and receive special recognition
· Please pre-register for the contest by calling 570-278-1158
· Anyone is eligible to enter – youth or adults, farm or non-farm folks
Please join the excitement as the pies are auctioned off at 2:30 pm by bidding. You will have a delicious pie to take home and will have supported youth of Susquehanna County.