The Largest Agricultural Classroom

Posted on: Tue, 09/17/2019 - 09:50

photo of girls petting sheep at the Great Frederick FairThe Great Frederick Fair provides a magical opportunity for agricultural education. Wouldn’t it be fabulous to see the fair through the eyes of a child?

Every year, I have the pleasure of chatting with students who visit The Great Frederick Fair. Their enthusiasm as they climb on farm machinery, feel sheep’s wool, plant seeds, and coo at baby animals is boundless. Wide-eyed amazement is everywhere as students learn about livestock, food sources, and the agricultural industry.

When the Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) Showcase is open in the Community Tent, students find even more amazing things to learn as robotics club members show off drones and robots. There are many other hands-on activities to explore, too, and fun tasks to complete as they explore the fair grounds.

Agriculture is the largest industry in Frederick County. Many of our students participate in that industry through their work on family farms or through their experiences with FFA. These students also have fascinating opportunities at The Great Frederick Fair, whether showing animals, judging, or serving as ambassadors for their clubs.

Visitors may also see our high school students exploring the fair. Students in media and journalism classes have the opportunity to create interesting features about fair participants. Field trips for a variety of courses provide high school students an opportunity to learn in this agricultural classroom.

These experiences create memories that last for our students and the people who get to interact with them. I can still remember the giggles of students as they watched piglets squirming to be fed, a young boy in green rain boots searching for puddles to splash in, and the squeals of a young girl watching a rooster in the poultry building. The Great Frederick Fair is experiential learning at its best—and it is best viewed through the eyes of a child!

photo of boys playing on a tractor at the Great Frederick Fair