I recently joined my son's grade 5/6 class for a field trip to Agstravaganza. This is an event run by local volunteers (farmers, veterinarians, etc...) and is intended to educate children about farming and agriculture. Before your eyes glaze over, you need to know that this event is actually BIG FUN. Free chocolate milk! cool machinery! loads of animals to pet!
Milk a cow!
Bottle-feed a brown-eyed calf!
See the piglets, for crying out loud! (man can they squeal!)
See random examples of loveliness!
See the cattle, horses, and sheep. Laugh at the goats' antics:
Then, after all of this excitement, and after watching a bale of hay being shot into the air thirty feet by a baler, we headed to the poultry building. And EACH of the twenty nine children got to hold a baby chick. That's right, you heard me, BABY CHICKS.
Extensive negotiations ensued: "can I keep it?"... "my parents won't mind"...."I'll just put it in my knapsack" ........ (and that was just me, you should have heard the kids carrying on). Everyone reluctantly handed back their chicks, and took one last longing look.
They were only 65 cents each (oh the temptation)
It is safe to say that a grand time was had by all. Really, it doesn't get much better than this (don't you think?).