Scholarships to be presented in school assemblies next week

The Ohio Expositions Commission has announced that four fifth-grade students from across the state are the winners of the “Agriculture is Cool” scholarship competition.

Representatives from the Ohio Expositions Commission, Ohio Department of Agriculture, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and Ohio’s agricultural commodity groups will present each scholarship winner with a $500 check during a special ceremony at his or her school next week:

  • Aaron Brown (Dublin)
    • Presentation date, time: Tuesday, October 28, 1:30 p.m.
    • Location: Scottish Corners Elementary School, lunchroom, 5950 Sells Mill Dr., Dublin, OH 43017
  • Luke Jennings (Felicity)
    • Presentation date, time: Monday, October 27, 1:30 p.m.
    • Location: Felicity-Franklin Elementary School, gymnasium, 415 Washington St., Felicity, OH 45120
  • Amber Parker (Grove City)
    • Presentation date, time: Monday, October 27, 9:30 a.m.
    • Location: Holt Crossing Intermediate School, Amber’s classroom, 2706 Holt Rd., Grove City, OH 43123
  • Alexis Wenger (Galion)
    • Presentation date, time: Tuesday, October 28, 9:15 a.m.
    • Location: Northmor School, high school gymnasium, 7819 State Route 19, Galion, OH 44833

These outstanding students were among dozens to submit essays or creative stories about the “Agriculture is Cool” education program held during the 2014 Ohio State Fair in conjunction with the Ohio Department of Agriculture, Ohio Farm Bureau and Ohio’s agricultural commodity groups. Scholarships are funded by the Ohio State Fair Youth Reserve Program.

The “Agriculture is Cool” program has been recognized by the International Association of Fairs and Expositions as the best special or specific agricultural education exhibit, event or program for the fairgoing public for fairs with annual attendance between 500,001 and 1 million. It included several interactive education stations throughout the Fair where students could learn about:

  • The many ways Ohio’s largest industry, agriculture, impacts many facets of their everyday lives
  • Modern dairy farming and how dairy farmers take care of their cows to produce safe and wholesome milk and milk a real or simulated cow
  • How agriculture relates to sports, from baseball bats to mitts, turf and more
  • Animal care and witnessing the birth of farm animals, along with the interaction between new babies and their mothers
  • How modern-day tractors help Ohio farmers maintain crops
  • The beef industry and nutrition, environmental stewardship, recycling and more
  • Soy and corn production and the various uses in food, fuel and other modern items
  • How barns protect Ohio animals and keep them healthy
  • Eggs and various poultry breeds
  • How wool is spun into yarn and how the process has become more technologically innovative over time
  • How to protect themselves from harmful bacteria

One in seven Ohioans has an agriculture-related job. Every year, farmers in Ohio produce 7.6 billion eggs, 379 million pounds of chicken, 5.5 million turkeys, 278 million pounds of red meat, 1.1 billion pounds of pork and nearly 616 million gallons of milk. There are 126,000 sheep and lambs in Ohio, making Ohio the largest sheep producing state east of the Mississippi River.

The Ohio Expo Center is a year-round, multi-purpose convention and meeting facility. More than 150 events are held at the Ohio Expo Center annually, including the Ohio State Fair.

For more information, call 1-888-OHO-EXPO or 1-614-644-FAIR. On the Web, visit us at ohiostatefair.com.

The Ohio Expo Center is proud to host the Ohio State Fair. With a spectacular midway, big-name entertainment, hundreds of exhibits and one of the largest junior fair shows in the nation, the 2015 Ohio State Fair will run July 29 – Aug. 9, 2015.

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