Elementary students look at the tractors on display at Horseshoe Bend School’s Fun Day on the Farm, which was held Friday. Austin Nelson | Outlook Photo
Elementary students look at the tractors on display at Horseshoe Bend School’s Fun Day on the Farm, which was held Friday. Austin Nelson | Outlook Photo

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Horseshoe Bend students learn about agriculture

Published 6:57pm Friday, May 9, 2014

Horseshoe Bend School was transformed into a barnyard Friday, as the school’s Future Farmers of America had the outside lawn loaded with all sorts of farm friends for the elementary school students.
Jessica Hodnett, FFA advisor and agriscience teacher, said this is the first time in a few years that the school had hosted a Fun Day on the Farm.
“This actually started while I was a student here in 1999, but the last year it was done was 2004,” Hodnett said. “It sort of drifted off, but we wanted to bring it back.”
Children in grades kindergarten through sixth were allowed the opportunity to tour the “farm,” which included goats, pigs, ponies, cows and even an angora rabbit.
Children also got to watch a sawmill in action, learn how a horse gets shoed by a farrier on site and learn about the fleet of large farm tractors and sprayers set up beside the school.
“We wanted the elementary kids to be able to come out and see some agriculture,” Hodnett said. “Our students put this on and helped organize it so these elementary students can enjoy some things they don’t normally see.”
The children even got to pet some of the animals, though some did so more cautiously than others. The long-haired angora rabbit was quite the crowd favorite, though “Hop” was a little overwhelmed by all the attention.
Hodnett thanked Toby Hanson, Coker Allen and Jason Meigs. Allen brought the sawmill, Hodnett said, while Hanson graciously offered some of his tractors to be used for demonstration and Meigs shows kids how to shoe a horse.