Organizers are still seeking sponsors to help defray the cost of buses to bring Solano County’s third graders to the 9th annual Youth Ag Day at the county fairgrounds in Vallejo.
Solano County Fair spokeswoman Debbie Egidio said last week that more than 2,000 kids and chaperones were expected at the March 16 event, which runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the fairgrounds, which is near the intersection of Interstate 80 and Highway 37.
Activities are designed to educate kids about food and fiber production on Solano County farms, Egidio said.
But first, they have to get there.
Sponsors are needed because many districts are unable to afford to send their kids at a cost of $500 per bus.
“As the popularity of this event continues to grow, many classes are unable to attend due to lack of transportation funding,” Egidio said.
Youth Ag Day offers third graders hands-on experience in many agricultural activities, including raising livestock and herding, milk production, worm composting, healthy eating and the environment.
Area teachers also have been encouraged to plan lessons to supplement the Youth Ag Day event, which is sponsored by the Solano County Fair, the county Department of Agriculture and other contributors.
Each classroom also will have the opportunity to contribute a square to the Solano County Fair Quilt, which will be displayed at this summer’s fair.
The 2011 county fair is scheduled from Aug. 3 to Aug. 7.
For more information, contact Kim Mini at 707-551-2006 or kmini@SCFair.org, or visit the fair Web site at www.scfair.com, and click on the Youth Ag Day page.