Susquehanna County Ag Day Slated for March 2

Photos by Rick Hiduk/Submitted Article

The 29th Annual Susquehanna County Ag Day will be held on Friday, March 2nd 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 become inclusive of agricultural enterprises over the last few years and all are welcome. 

Lunch will be available for those interested. The cost is $3 per person and children under 5 are free. Lunch reservations are REQUIRED by calling the Susquehanna County Extension office at 570-278-1158. Reservation deadline is Noon, Thursday, February 22nd.  Individuals making reservations can pay at the door for their lunch.

Penn State Extension is a modern educational organization dedicated to delivering science-based information to people, businesses, and communities. Penn State Extension offers several free classroom workshops at Ag Day including Pesticide Applicators 2 core and 2 category credit workshops with Penn State Extension Agronomy Educators Andrew Frankenfield and Dwane Miller. Dave Hartman Penn State Extension Livestock Educator will present “Wrangling More Days out of the Mid-Atlantic Grazing Season”.

Susquehanna County Conservation District will present an Interseeder workshop.  Amber Denmon Penn State Extension Nutrition and Food Safety Educator will be presenting home food preservation.  Penn State Extension Forestry Educator Sarah Wurzbacher will be presenting on timely forestry issues. Penn State Extension Water Quality Educator Peter Wolfhurst will be presenting a Pond Workshop. Penn State Extension  Educators will be available all day to answer your questions.

Penn State Extension Master Gardeners of Susquehanna County will be presenting classroom workshops on Rain Gardening, Spotted Lanternfly, Pollinators and Vegetable Gardening as well as educational displays and much more! Have a gardening question? Ask our Master Gardeners who will be on hand that day to help you.

Susquehanna County Farm Bureau will also offer information 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 services and programs.

The Susquehanna County 4-H program will be showcasing clubs, projects and offering free activities for youth all day. Susquehanna County 4-Her’s and Penn State University students Callie Curley and Emily Supancik will be presenting 4-H Career Readiness that teaches resume writing and mock job interviews. 4-H is open to all youth from ages 5-18, to learn more about joining 4-H stop by the table. 4-H’s motto is to “Make The Best Better”.

Also, be sure to make at least one stop at the Dairy Promotion’s table and pick-up some free ice cream provided by Kool Cow Cabin Creamery and Manning Farm Dairy. The dairy promotions court will also be serving cheese and crackers. So join Dairy Princess Michayla Stahl, Alternate Dairy Princesses Vicki Clark and Dana Nunemacher and Dairy Ambassadors Alivia Hughes, Mary Catherine Chidester, Elizabeth Chidester and Kendra Brant and Dairy Maids Katelyn Farley, Courtney Marvin and Kaelynn Brant!

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 2018 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 a.m.; 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.

Read about and see photos from the 2017 Susquehanna County Ag Day here:

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