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BRINGING THE FARM TO YOU: Event to highlight region’s farming

ROME TOWNSHIP — The Lawrence County Fairgrounds will play host Saturday to an event designed to showcase farming in the county and the many products that can come from it.

The Lawrence County Farm Bureau’s second annual Bringing the Farm to You will take place from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in the main barn on the grounds..

Several local farms will show off their products, as well as the skill and craft involved in making them.

“This lets people know what is available in Lawrence County,” Judy Ross, of Good News Llamas, one of the organizers of the event, said.

Ashley Kasler, organizational director for the Farm Bureau, said it is a continuation of the Drive-it-Yourself farm tour, that the bureau used to organize to area farms. Last year, they decided to host it in one location at the fairgrounds so that more people could attend.

Linda Fuller, who works on Maple Lawn Farm with her son, Jeromy Fuller, will be one of those on hand.

“I’ll have a canning demonstration and my son will have goats,” she said.

The Fullers’ farm is located near Pedro, where they raise cattle and goats.

“Our main crop this time of year is hay and that’s what we’ve been doing,” she said.

She said she would also be manning a table for the Farm Bureau.

“To provide information about what we’re into and what we stand for,” she said.

She said a good bit of the event will be geared toward children.

“A lot of them are uneducated about where their food comes from,” she said. “We’ll have games and teach them about agriculture.”

Ross said this year’s event will be “bigger and better.”

“We’ll have a huge kids/children’s area this year,” she said. “There’ll be lots of educational items, like a cow milking demonstration.”

She said there would also be a cornbox, comprised of a sandbox, filled with corn, in which children can find items, as well as musical chairs game, with feedbags.

Other attractions from local farms will include wool spinning, maple syrup and canning demos, honey bees, beans and cornbread prepared on site, farm equipment and an antique tractor.

Ross, who co-owns Good News Llamas, will have her animals on hand, while she said there will also be a representative from the county health department, as well 4-H, FFA, as well as the Ohio Soy Bean Council and Lawrence Soil and Water Conservation.

“They said they had new things they wanted to introduce to the community, so we said yes,” Ross said.

She added that the event was being held earlier this year to take advantage of warmer weather.

The event is free and open to the public.