Students, alumni promote agriculture at state fair

Members of the Ag Econ/NAMA club give away grain jars and educate children about agriculture at the 2013 State Fair of Virginia.

Members of the Ag Econ/NAMA club give away grain jars and educate children about agriculture at the 2013 State Fair of Virginia.

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences was just as popular as Ferris wheels and funnel cakes at the 2013 State Fair of Virginia.

Its display, co-hosted with the Ag Econ/NAMA Club, was a huge success and drew thousands of people into the Young MacDonald tent. More than 9,000 children
learned about Virginia agriculture when they filled up jars with five different kinds of local grains.

“We believe that educating children in a fun way at a young age is key to helping them have a positive perspective of agriculture,” said Sheldon Waldron, club president.

Alumni from the college volunteered at the booth and said they had a great time interacting with both current and future Hokies.

The Block and Bridle Club was also at the fair selling its popular barbecue.

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