Junior Max Sigtermans still remembers when he visited the C-RHS Agricultural Fair when he was in grade school.
“It was a great experience,” he says. “Getting out of the classroom and seeing the animals, the presentations – it was very exciting.”
Sigtermans is now 15 and is a livestock presenter at this year’s Ag Fair. After explaining the difference between dairy and beef cows to a group of visiting third graders on Tuesday, he looks up.
“It’s still very exciting,” he says.
Students and teachers from more than 30 elementary classes will make their way through the 27th annual Agricultural Fair from Tuesday to Thursday, Oct. 3-5, at the Cobleskill-Richmondville High School.
High school Future Farmers of America members and Ag. Department students volunteer to teach lessons on Lyme Disease and other tick-borne illnesses, food preservation, and farm animal care.
Makayla Anderson learned quite a bit about ticks at the Ag Fair.
“Deer ticks can be dangerous, but you brush them off before they get attached or you can always get one of your parents to use tweezers to pull one out,” said the fourth grader.
“I truly enjoy watching our high school students grow and learn with this event,” said C-RHS agriculture teacher Deb Fletcher. “It’s great to see them educate the elementary students about the importance of agriculture.”