Folks of all ages can get an entertaining, enlightening and up-close look at the fascinating world of agriculture during the fifth annual Ag Discovery Adventure, set for Saturday, Oct. 8, at Auburn University’s E.V. Smith Research Center in Shorter.
The free, family-oriented event is set for 9 a.m.–2 p.m. at the 3,186-acre research center, located off Interstate 85 at Exit 26, between Montgomery and Auburn. The physical address is 4725 County Road 40, Shorter.
Hosted by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station and Auburn’s College of Agriculture, Ag Discovery Adventure is designed to showcase agricultural technology and increase the non-farm public’s awareness of the key role agriculture plays in people’s lives.
This year’s Adventure-goers will find activities that run the gamut from peanut digging and cotton picking to GPS-guided hayrides and pumpkin and corn mazes. They also will have the chance to learn valuable skills, such as how to cast a fishing pole, how to harvest rainwater and, in live demonstrations provided by Auburn chef Chris Wilton, how to prepare and cook four Alabama-grown protein sources, including catfish, shrimp, chicken and beef.
A full lineup of activities and scheduled times can be found online.
Those who attend the Ag Discovery Adventure are welcome to bring picnic lunches to enjoy on the grounds, or they can purchase hot-off-the-grill hamburgers and hotdogs onsite from Auburn’s Collegiate Cattlemen and Cattlewomen.
Ag Discovery Adventure is co-sponsored by Alabama Cotton Producers, Alabama Soybean Producers, Alabama Wheat and Feed Grains Producers, the Alabama Farmers Federation, the Alabama Peanut Producers and the Alabama Poultry and Egg Association.
For more information on the 2016 event, call 334-844-4768 or email Adventure coordinator Lisa Kriese-Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The E.V. Smith Research Center is the largest and most comprehensive of 15 outlying Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station research and extension facilities located throughout Alabama. The center is home to beef cattle, horticulture, plant breeding, field crops and biosystems engineering research units.