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Osage second-grader Jayce Moore dressed up as a cornstalk for a presentation on the life cycle for corn during the Mitchell County Second-Grade Ag Fair on April 4. Also pictured is Josie Popp from the Osage FFA Chapter. 

OSAGE | Second-graders from Mitchell County held baby chicks, petted a lamb, tried a cow-milking simulator and participated in other hands-on activities during an Ag Fair on April 4. 

This is the fifth year for the Ag Fair. 

"We do it to increase awareness of the importance of agriculture for students who don't get exposed to it first-hand on a regular basis," said Jennifer Sullivan, Ag in the Classroom coordinator for Mitchell County Farm Bureau. 

Second-graders from Osage, St. Ansgar and Riceville attended the event at the Milton R. Owen Nature Center. 

The children divided into small groups and rotated between 10 different stations. 

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Before the Osage students went through the stations, Sullivan told them they would be seeing live farm animals.  

When they heard the news, the children cheered and jumped up and down.  

While going through the stations, the children also learned about corn and soybeans and saw a big tractor up close. 

After visiting the wool station, they were permitted to take a small piece of wool home with them. 

Members of the Osage FFA Chapter, Ag in the Classroom coordinators from Howard and Bremer counties, and Iowa State University Extension were all on hand to help with the Ag Fair. 

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