Aggie Club uses Fair to Teach Local Children
The Cameron University Agriculture Department’s Aggie Club volunteered at The Comanche County Fair held during the first week of September at the Comanche County Fairgrounds.
The annual fair features a variety of commercial and local agriculture exhibits including arts and crafts, livestock shows and award winning produce to see. Participants use the fair to prepare for the upcoming state fair in Oklahoma City.
Members of the Cameron Aggie Club volunteered by leading visiting elementary school students through the exhibits. At the fair, members helped teach children about agriculture and its impact on the community, which Aggie Club President Carly Rains said is integral to their organization’s mission.
“Their learning is crucial,” Rains said. “It’s important to show them that without agriculture, there’s no way a person can carry on with their everyday lives.”
One exhibit the group toured involved turning cream into butter while another presented agricultural facts on everyday items people use. The fair also featured an exotic petting zoo that taught the importance of safety around animals.
Rains said one of the best parts about the fair was teaching the children new information about items and food they see every day.
“Their reactions are priceless,” Rains said. “They show wonderment and innocence, and it makes me smile knowing they’ll go home and tell their family about their day at the fair, and I get to be there to see it all.”
The Aggie Club is also involved with many events throughout the year including the Goat Roast, the Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, county livestock shows and Cameron’s interscholastic meet.
Those interested in joining the Aggie Club can visit the Agriculture Department located inside the Science Complex Building where meetings will be posted on the bulletin board outside of Aggie Adviser Dr. Fischer’s office.