LancasterOnline’s article detailing what is billed as “an old-fashioned agricultural fair” happening at Octorara High School on Saturday is worth taking in.
The article, written by local reporter Debbie Wygent, describes the OA-BEST Expo, set to start at 9:00 AM Saturday morning and run through 5:00 PM, as a chance to showcase the school’s Ag Sciences program as well as share Ag-Sciences student’s skills and accomplishments with younger children and the community.
Here are the first several paragraph of Debbie’s story:
Octorara High School is inviting the community to its second annual OA-BEST Expo, an old-fashioned agricultural fair, set for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
Admission to the expo is free. The event includes tractor rides, fire truck rides from the Cochranville and Quarryville fire companies, a petting zoo, an art show, live music, an antique tractor show, hay rides and food stands.
Superintendent Tom Newcome said he anticipates a crowd of at least 1,000 people for the event.
Former state Rep. Art Hershey, a Cochranville dairy farmer, will be grand marshal for the expo and will make opening comments from the high school auditorium stage at 10:15 a.m.
State Agriculture Secretary George Grieg will also speak in the high school library at 11:30 a.m., and three regional politicians — state Rep. John Lawrence, state Sen. Andrew Dinniman and U.S. Rep. Patrick Meehan — have promised to attend.
Visitors will have the opportunity to visit the school’s agricultural mechanics and agricultural production classrooms where nearly 150 students including 38 FFA members are getting instruction in the many facets of agricultural science.
The entire story listing the days activities on LancasterOnline here.
Top Image (Courtesy of LancasterOnline): Octorara High School agriculture students built their own greenhouse where they grow vegetables for the school cafeteria. From left in the greenhouse are teacher Liz DiSabatino, students Lydia Lion, Jaden Anderson (FFA president) and Jon Clerval, and teacher Charlie Graydus.