Hey soon-to-be 5th graders! Agriculture is cool – and it can get you into the Ohio State Fair for FREE!

Milk a cow, see how farm animals are born, find out how wool is spun into yarn and much more with your soon-to-be-fifth-grader at this year’s Ohio State Fair as a part of the Ag is Cool program.

Exiting fourth grade students (2016-2017 academic year) and one chaperone can attend the Fair for FREE any one day to enjoy the interactive Ag is Cool program by presenting a valid report card at the entrance gate.

Children can stop by the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s tent to pick up a passport and begin their learning adventure. Interactive stations will allow students to participate in activities, including identifying the county that they live in to learn a fun agricultural fact about their count and the many ways that Ohio’s agriculture impacts their everyday lives.

After you explore the Fair’s stations, tell us what you learned for a chance to win one of four $500 scholarships for exiting Ohio fourth grade students. Participants are invited to write an essay by Aug. 31 about what they learned through the fascinating, fun displays. For more information, check out Scholarship Rules.

The Ag is Cool interactive stations include:

Beef (Voinovich Livestock & Trade Center)

Beyond Beef products, cattle make other significant contributions to our lives by helping to enrich pasturelands, providing great-tasting nutritious beef, and producing by-products we use in daily activities.  Learn about all the ways beef cattle impact our lives at this interactive beef station.

Corn & Wheat (Nationwide Donahey Ag & Hort Building)

The Ohio Corn & Wheat booth for Ag is Cool focuses on the production and uses of corn and the impact that it has on each and every Ohioan. Learn about the ways corn and wheat is used every day and how farmers keep Ohio’s agricultural industry growing.

Dairy (OVMA Veterinary Educational Center)

Learn about today’s dairy farms and how Ohio dairy farmers take excellent care of their cows, their land and the nutritious milk and dairy foods they produce. Fairgoers can also milk a cow the old fashioned way (by hand) and chat with a dairy expert.

Ohio Department of Agriculture (tent located just inside the Cardinal Gate)

Take a step back in time to explore how Ohio farms got their start, and learn about the heritage and proud traditions of Ohio’s farm families.  Students will check in here and receive their passport, coupon and map!

Ohio Farm Bureau/Land & Living Display   (Nationwide Donahey Ag & Hort Building)

“Ag is Cool” everywhere you go in Ohio’s 88 counties, especially right in your own county.  Use your mapping skills to find your home county on our map and find out something amazing about the county where you live.  You’ll never guess what you might discover. Students can check in here and receive their passport, coupon and map!

Ohio Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA Veterinary Educational Center)

See pregnant livestock animals, along with mothers and their recently born offspring. Fairgoers will have the opportunity have an up close encounter with the animals and ask the attending veterinarian questions. There is also the potential to witness the live birth of a calf!

Poultry (Poultry & Rabbit Pavilion)

There will be an interactive question and answer light presentation, a large egg display showing sizes, colors and species differences, an exhibit of egg laying birds to show which breeds lay white eggs and which lay brown, a display showing the size difference between large fowl and bantams in the same breed, and several educational posters on chick embryo development, breeds of chickens, and “How to start with Poultry.”