State fair brings out agriculture and Extension enthusiasts

Among the thousands of people who visited the college’s display at the State Fair of Virginia were (from left) Virginia Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Todd Haymore, Virginia Kids filled up grain jars, students sold barbecue, and Virginia Cooperative Extension educated the public on everything from food safety to aquaculture at the State Fair of Virginia this year.

The annual fall event held just outside of Richmond was once again a big success, in part because of all the activities provided by the college and Extension.

The Ag Econ/NAMA club handed out grain jars to young children and school kids who learned about the uses of cotton, soybeans, corn, and wheat and the importance of these crops in the commonwealth. All told, more than 8,000 grain jars were filled during the 10-day fair. A number of the college’s alumni helped the students and shared stories of their Virginia Tech experiences.

The Block and Bridle Club was also at the fair, selling its ever-popular barbecue as a fundraiser.

Sept. 28 was Virginia Cooperative Extension Day at the fair, when visitors stopped by a number of exhibits around the fairgrounds to learn about everything Extension touches, including 4-H, emergency preparedness, financial management, and gardening. Those who had their “passport” stamped at five or more of the stations received a free VCE drawstring backpack.