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Children learn about agriculture, environment at state fair

Children use their fingers to “drill wells” in a landscape setting on an educational trailer as Joe Niece, a driller with the Pecos Valley Artesian Conservancy District, talks about the movement of water Friday at the Eastern New Mexico State Fair. Children from Roswell elementary schools and day cares visited the fair Friday morning to learn about agriculture and the environment. (Juno Ogle Photo)

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The Eastern New Mexico State Fair presented some education along with fun for area children Friday morning for Children’s Day.

Children from Pecos, Missouri and Nancy Lopez elementary schools and My Kiddos Too day care center toured several educational stations, ate lunch and watched a performance by the Pirates of the Columbian Caribbean Aerial High Wire Thrill Show.

The New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau Foundation’s New Mexico Agriculture in the Classroom program provided two of the educational stations, teaching children about fruits and vegetables at one and dairy at another. Children got to plant their own beans to watch them grow at the first and at the second, were given small covered containers of milk to shake and turn into butter. They also got pretzel sticks to have a taste of what they made.

Britney Lardner, an educator with the program, said New Mexico Agriculture in the Classroom is designed to give kids a better appreciation of where their food comes from.

“It’s also a good science activity because it’s helping the students really see that process for a liquid to become a solid,” she said.

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At another station, Vicki Burress taught the children about butterflies, moths and some creepy creatures — scorpions and vinegaroons. Each glowed in their terrariums when she shined a black light on them, and she cautioned the children if they ever saw a scorpion to not touch it  and get an adult.

At the final station, the children gathered around an educational trailer from the Pecos Valley Artesian Conservation District that depicted a landscape with a mountain, a river and farmscapes.

Joe Niece, a driller with PVACD, showed how water flowed from the mountains through the rocks and rivers to the plains. He had the children “drill wells” in the trailer’s sand to show how the ground stores water.

City/RISD reporter Juno Ogle can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or reporter04@rdrnews.com.

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