Ag Awareness Day at the Borchard Fairgrounds in Robstown

Ag Awareness Day has become a tradition in Nueces County for the last 10 years or so.

It's actually a couple of days set aside each year for young students from school districts throughout the county to get a closer look at life on the farm.

Thirteen schools, and close to 1,300 kids, will attend the annual event at the Richard M. Borchard Fairgrounds in Robstown. The students rotate among the special exhibits that are set up, demonstrating everything from food safety and cotton growing to how sheep are sheared and why.

"It's an opportunity for kids from urban, suburban kids, rural kids to come out and learn where ag products come from," said John Freeman of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. "How they can be used and what it takes to make them grow, and to be processed and all."

Kids were like little sponges taking in all the information at the event.

"We learned about the environment and the planet," third-grader Nathan Tagle said. "What grows and what doesn't grow."

"I've learned about soil, cotton and everything else that helps our community," third-grader Ashley Maldonado said.

Right now, Ag Awareness Day is spread out over two days, but organizers said more schools want to participate, so they may extend it to three days next year.


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