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Ag Day at Dordt College is April 29

April 28, 2011

Contests, a petting zoo, and a dunk tank all help make Dordt College’s Ag Day an annual destination for many.

The Dordt College agriculture club and agriculture department are hosting Ag Day on Friday, April 29. The event is held from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. in the Dordt College main parking lot north of the Campus Center.

Each year children flock to the petting zoo. This year, the zoo will have a horse, a lamb and ewe, rabbits, chickens, and a cow.

“Last year, seeing the faces and hearing some of the comments of the children who came to visit us was really touching,” said Christina Lloyd, Dordt College sophomore majoring in agriculture. “The children were full of wonder and excitement and, of course, lots of questions. That was what really made my day more than anything.”

This free event is a way of engaging the community in the field of agriculture. “Our purpose is to bring the community together not only to enjoy each other’s company for the afternoon, but also to bring about new learning and to inspire our community to be active participants in agriculture,” said Lloyd.

A variety of contests and activities will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Several Dordt College professors have volunteered to be in the dunk tank. Bring $1 to try dunking professors Bill Elgersma, Bruce Kuiper, John Heavner, Bobbi Sutherland, Paul Fessler, and Duane Bajema.

The contests include an egg toss, hay bale throwing, wheel barrow racing, and a milking contest. People are encouraged to join in all the contests because the overall highest point winner will receive a grand prize at 2:30 p.m.

Ag students will serve pulled pork sandwiches, hamburgers, pork-burgers, baked beans, chips, and ice cream from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for purchase as a fundraiser for the agriculture club activities like this one.

Dordt College is one of only a handful of Christian colleges in North America to offer a four-year agriculture program. Over the past several years, all Dordt agriculture students have found positions within six months of graduating, most much sooner. Some enter careers not only in farming and technical service support but also in government, finance, and international development.

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