More than 1,000 people took advantage of the weekend’s blue skies and warm sun to take in Octorara High School’s second annual OA-BEST agriculture fair all day Saturday.
With 1,735 farms spread across Chester County, 99% of which are family owned, producing over $550 million dollars in annual revenue, Agriculture remain one of the region’s top industry.
While once a mainstay of every high school, Octorara High School’s agriculture program is one of the few remaining programs in the County focused on preparing students for a career in agriculture. The courses offered to the 150 students majoring in agriculture, focus not just on livestock and crop care, but the ever more sophisticated mechanics, math and science of producing the meat, grains and liquids that feed the world.
Saturday’s OA-BEST fair displays included student’s livestock, garden, art, science and woodshop projects mixed with tractors (old and new), fire trucks, and trailers from Pennsylvania’s department of agriculture.
Debbie Wygend has a good article and several pictures, including the image at the top of the post of former school member Larry Lavenberg, from Saturday’s event here on LancasterOnline Sunday.
Pictures taken early in the day as the event got started: