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Kids Day on the Farm back again

Dickinson State University has for more than 25 years brought the whole dang farm to town -- and it’s gearing up to do it again on Thursday, April 19.

“We like to do it, we like to see the kids who come get all excited about the things we do,” Callie Loftsgard, president of the DSU Agriculture Club, who traditionally organize and put on the event, said. “We enjoy it, so it’s not really hard for us to put together.”

DSU’s Ag Club has been organizing the Kids Day on the Farm every year since its inception. The event, which is free to attend, will be held at the indoor arena near the Biesiot Activities Center on State Ave and will offer a “unique experience” to third graders and younger -- along with teachers, parents, friends and relatives -- about life on the farm.

“(It’s) to educate kids on where everything comes from and what ag is about,” Bailey Forsness, a sophomore and member of the Ag Club herself, said. Forsness described a variety of the stations that will be available for the children to enjoy, including a petting zoo complete with miniature horse, miniature donkey, goats, sheep, calves, bunnies and ducks. There’ll be wagon rides, roping lessons and informational displays courtesy of the DSU Teacher Education students.

“We have wagon rides provided by our extension center, we have a poster presentation provided by the education programs at DSU,” Forsness said. “They’ll come and present a bunch of information about Ag. We have a grains station, where kids can look at the grains, corn and peas, different textures.”

A “soil tunnel”, a blow-up tunnel that kids can crawl through and learn about differing soil types and all the interesting things that make up the living network that is the soil.

“This event is put on entirely by the students of the DSU Ag Club and has been a favorite event in the community for more than a quarter century,” Dr. Chip Poland, chair of the Department of Agriculture and Technical Studies, said in a press release about the event. “We are proud to continue offering this experience to Dickinson and the surrounding communities.”

The event will begin at 8:30 a.m. and will run to 4 p.m. on April 19, with the last guided tour starting at 3:30 p.m. Appointments to have a guided tour are arranged every 15 minutes throughout the day, each guided tour will last approximately 60-75 minutes and can accommodate up to 50 children.