A few hundred third-graders from Woodstock School District 200 spent part of their Wednesday morning among cows, piglets, baby chicks and horses while visiting the McHenry County Farm Bureau’s Ag Expo.
Students moved from station to station at the McHenry County Fairgrounds as they learned about dairy farms; soybean consumption; eggs and chickens; the history of farming; beekeeping and honey production; and other agricultural subjects.
The hands-on learning experience put kids face-to-face with goats, pigs, chickens and even real-life farmers.
Many area schools send students to the event, which took place Tuesday through Thursday.
McHenry County Farm Bureau manager Dan Volkers said it takes about 200 volunteers to make the event a success.
Volkers said the volunteers really enjoy sharing their knowledge with the students, and they appreciate that children come away with a better understanding of how the agriculture industry affects their daily lives, from the cereal they eat for breakfast to the fabric that makes up their bedsheets at night.
Organizers said the expo has been held every other year since 1988, and it has reached more than 40,000 students.