State fair celebrates importance of agriculture in SC

First Posted: 12:26 am - September 25th, 2015 Updated: 12:26 am - September 25th, 2015.

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COLUMBIA — The South Carolina State Fair’s “From Field to Fair” program was designed to help educate young people about the important role farming and sustainability play in the state.

Now in its fourth year, the interactive program gives children and other consumers a chance to learn about South Carolina’s agricultural sector in a fun, entertaining and age-appropriate way.

“The fair’s roots and history are based in agriculture, so it’s particularly important that we help educate consumers about the critical role farmers and farming play in meeting people’s basic daily needs,” said Gary Goodman, general manager of the South Carolina State Fair. “It’s an initiative that gives young people an opportunity to ‘connect to the farm’ without leaving their home.”

“From Field to Fair” games are specifically designed for children beginning with Pre-K. Interactive games such as “Amazing Grains,” “Finders Keepers” and “Fact or Fairy Tale” serve to heighten awareness of the significant role agriculture plays in keeping consumers fed and clothed.

Each completed game awards participants with a “stamp” that is placed on their personal My America Farm “Passport to Sustainability.” Youngsters who complete the series of challenges will be recognized as an official “Ambassador of Agriculture” and will be awarded his or her own blue ribbon at the 2015 South Carolina State Fair.

If your child would like to be an “Ambassador of Agriculture” they can participate at the 2015 SC State Fair. Visit www.SCStateFair.org and get your child started by downloading the passport and let the gaming and learning begin.

The 2015 South Carolina State Fair runs from Oct. 14 to Oct. 25 at the fairgrounds on Rosewood Drive and George Rogers Boulevard in Columbia. Visit www.SCStateFair.org or call 803-799-3387 for more information.

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