BRITT | A pair of socks, a bag of Doritos and a tube of toothpaste were among nearly a dozen items West Hancock and Garner-Hayfield-Ventura third-graders were tasked with classifying as corn and non-corn products Friday morning.
“How do you think you did?” said Lauren Davison with Farm Credit Services of America in Mason City to a group of eight West Hancock students referring to the sorted items.
“Good,” a girl responded with a smile.
But Davison said the right answer is that all the products she showed them contained corn. The students had puzzled looks on their faces.
“Even the car has corn?” a boy asked Davison. She explained that corn is used to make fuel for vehicles.
Davison’s corn station was among 15 others about 120 children from West Hancock and Garner-Hayfield-Ventura visited at the Hancock County District Fairgrounds during the Hancock County Farm Bureau’s annual Agriculture Fair Friday.
The stations focused on topics ranging from farm animals, like sheep, cows, pigs and chickens, to commodities, like corn and soybeans, to safety, like general and ag-related.
“We try to have a good mix,” said Brenda Mormann, Hancock County Farm Bureau ag educator, who noted the fair has added all-terrain vehicle, chemical and general safety items to the stations within the past three years
The fair is done in partnership with the Hancock County Extension Office, Hancock County Ag Museum, Garner-Hayfield-Ventura FFA, Farm Credit Services of America, MaxYield, Hancock County Soil and Water and farm bureau volunteers.
Mormann said the fair — in its 19th year — provides children with exposure to agriculture at a young age, especially since many of the students within the county aren’t aware or involved in the industry.
“It’s a good fit,” she said about why the fair is offered to third-graders within the county.
Jolene Bruns, a third grade teacher at West Hancock, said the fair fosters a good community and school relationship, too.
After each group completed 10 minutes at each station, lunch was provided by the Hancock County Farm Bureau before the students returned to school.