Ag Day celebrates natural living

Ag Day
Courtney Messina/THE REVIEW
Ag day, with its family-friendly fare, drew students and families from the surrounding Newark community to South Campus.

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SENIOR REPORTER

With farm animals, live music and all-natural food cooked right before visitors’ eyes, Ag Day once again brought in a swarm of people from not only campus, but from across the entire community.

A variety of stations surrounded Townsend Hall on South Campus where visitors could sample agricultural based activities. Mass amount of children ran through the area, as well as crowds of parents and students. Music filled the air along with the pungent scent of farm animals and barbecue chicken to bring people together.

Saturday’s annual Ag Day on South Campus exhibited to the community all that the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources has to offer.

This year’s theme was “SustainAGblity: Doing What Nature Would Do.”

“It’s really hectic and there’s so much involved, but it’s such a great payoff when you see everyone at Ag Day enjoying themselves, going to see the different foods and just seeing the whole community gather here,” sophomore Megan Astley, a pre-vet and medical animal bioscience major, says.

At the event, the Agriculture and Natural Resource Department showcases several live animal demonstrations, a food recipe contest and community tents across the area that raise awareness for their services, such as the American Energy Corporation, Delaware Humane Society and 4-H.

UDairy is also featured at the event, celebrating its fifth year anniversary this year.

Additionally, each agricultural-related fraternity and sorority — Alpha Gamma Rho, Alpha Zeta and Sigma Alpha — offered food tents to promote organic eating and raise funds for their organization.

Junior Eddie Flaherty, a member of Alpha Gamma Rho, says his fraternity brought in 800 pounds of barbecue chicken and 70 pounds of beans for this event.

“I hope that [people] learn a little more about where their food comes from and have a little bit more awareness that there’s more than just what they see at the super markets,” Flaherty says.

Flaherty says he also hopes this event will raise awareness for the non-profit organizations and bring support to local businesses that attend.

Junior Keith Medwid, a food and agribusiness marketing and management major and the student coordinator of Ag Day, is involved with the planning of the event.

“We have a lot of different student groups doing a lot of different activities that are even geared towards the community,” Medwid says. “The purpose […] is to promote community awareness of what the College of Agriculture is doing and just getting the community involved.”

A hayride tour around Townsend Hall, kiddie train rides and bee box painting were just a few activities geared toward the many children who attended. Ag Day is family-oriented, which is one reason it has become popular amongst the surrounding community.

“I am from a suburb in New England, so I’ve never seen anything like this before,” Flaherty says. “It’s really just interesting and almost touching in a way how the community comes together for this.”

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