Overalls and wellies not required
Calgary – Aggie Days - a fascinating five-day agricultural adventure allows people to experience the countryside without donning a pair of overalls and wellingtons. Sponsored by Encana, Aggie Days connects the urban public to the farm. This educational extravaganza is back for another year, and this year it’s FREE!
“Alberta was founded on agriculture,” says Jim Jorawsky, chair of the Calgary Stampede Agricultural Education committee. “Our rural roots run deep in this province. Aggie Days has grown so much over the years because it truly strikes a chord within our contemporary culture.”
Where else can you go listen to bugs talk, watch soil move, inhale sweet-smelling fresh hay, milk a cow or learn how long it takes a chick to hatch from its egg? Aggie Days brings the farm to the city to educate the urban public on where our food comes from, how it is produced, and that it is safe.
Back by popular demand, Farmer Dave will be onsite all five days to chat with school kids and their families and answer any agricultural related questions. Also, attendees will learn from a variety of exhibitors and volunteers ready to share expertise, educational tips and the latest technology in agriculture.
“Many people are unaware of the importance of agriculture in Alberta - even Canada - and the global impact it has on every grain of our life,” says Farmer Dave. “Our goal is to educate the public in a fun and memorable way. I really feel it is my duty to help inform people about how we raise food and about our responsibilities as custodians of the land.”
Presented by the Calgary Stampede Agriculture Education committee and sponsored by Encana, Aggie Days runs April 18 to 22. The first three days are reserved for pre-registered school groups with the doors opening to the public on the weekend. The Family Fun Days take place on Saturday April 21, and Sunday April 22, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is FREE for all visitors!
“It’s a fun and often profound learning experience,” says Rod Garossino, community involvement advisor with Encana. “Kids and their parents come away with a better understanding and appreciation of the role and function of agriculture as the source of our food.”
Join us in bringing the community “back to its roots.”
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