GALLIPOLIS — Droves of Gallia County students were pleased the rain held off Friday when they converged at the Gallia County Fairgrounds for the Gallia County Farm Bureau’s 12th Annual Agriculture Awareness Day.
Students from Gallipolis City Schools and Gallia County Local School District traveled to the fairgrounds to meet with a variety of exhibitors who represented a wide array of agricultural facets. Exhibits included a petting zoo, a hay ride, 4-H, feeds and seeds, the Gallia County Soil and Water Conservation District and beekeeping, among several others.
The students were served lunch on site, courtesy of the Farm Bureau.
As part of the festivities, students participated in a T-shirt design contest with the winner’s design printed on shirts distributed at the event. Winners of the contest include:
• Hannah Long, Washington Elementary — first place
• Megan Guisinger, Rio Grande Elementary — second place
• Bailey Wray, Addaville Elementary — third place
• Autumn Unroe, Washington Elementary — fourth place
• Nelida Hernandez, Addaville Elementary — fifth place
• Chloe Swick, Addaville Elementary — sixth place
The annual event required the organization and coordination of many people, including Gallia County Farm Bureau Director Kim Harless and Gallia County Ag Day Coordinator Katie Shoemaker. Many sponsors also made the day possible, including corporate level sponsors, American Electric Power and Holzer Health System.
“If it weren’t for the farmers and farm people, there wouldn’t be anything, really,” said Shoemaker. “We are thankful for such a great group of kids. They have really been wonderful about participating and asking questions. Seeing that togetherness and teamwork is worth it all to us.”
For more information about the Farm Bureau, contact Harless at (800) 777-9226 or email email@example.com.