Farm Bureau will have children’s booth at fair

SMITHFIELD — The Jefferson County Farm Bureau Promotion and Education Committee will offer storybook reading for children, handouts on agriculture and a daily prize drawing during the Jefferson County Fair, all from the comfort of the group’s booth, which will be located in the commercial building at the fairgrounds at Friendship Park.

The county fair opens to the public on Tuesday and will continue through Sunday at Friendship Park.

The booth will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, organizers said.

Joyce Wetherell, promotion and education committee member, has designed the booth around the fair’s theme, “The Happy Fair.” The decorations include pictures from past projects of the group, including the recognition of the agriculture baby of the year, reading sessions at farmers’ markets, a Cupcake Wars contest, Boy Scout events and reading to elementary school pupils at schools in the county.

Erica Cline will be manning the group’s farming combine simulator from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. each day.

“This is simulator where you sit in the seat and test driving skills and you are scored,” said Jeanne Roberts, promotion and education committee chairman.

Also, Michelle Lindscott will be demonstrating “1-2-3 Ready Chicken Lessons,” with an incubator hatching baby chicks throughout the week at the fair.

Door prize will be drawn at the end of each fair day, and the winners will be notified.