‘Field of Dreams’ to Provide Hands-on Ag Experience for Fairgoers - Carolina Country

‘Field of Dreams’ to Provide Hands-on Ag Experience for Fairgoers

North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives sponsoring NC State Fair exhibit

‘Field of Dreams’ to Provide Hands-on Ag Experience for Fairgoers

Photo courtesy of NC State Fair

The much-anticipated North Carolina State Fair, not held since 2019, is set to take place October 14–24 at the State Fairgrounds. At this year’s event, North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives will sponsor the “Field of Dreams” exhibit.

“We are excited to announce this sponsorship, helping our state’s youth learn about agriculture in a hands-on experience,” said Hailey Rodriguez, communication and community relations specialist for North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives.

Sankofa Farm family

Photo courtesy of NC State Fair

At the annual Field of Dreams exhibit, children are invited to spend time on a miniature farm, where they traverse specialty gardens, making connections between the food they see growing and the food they love to see on their plates. It will also feature a rabbit race, coloring contest, photo booth, and more. The exhibit is now in its 18th year and was created to address a gap in understanding as many North Carolinians moved further away from a life centered on farming.

“The fair was founded on educating both farmers and the public about the importance of agriculture, and Field of Dreams is the perfect place to teach children where their food comes from ­— their parents and grandparents always learn a thing or two as well,” said NC State Fair Manager Kent Yelverton. “Without partners like North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives, the NC State Fair wouldn’t be the immersive experience that it is today.”

“North Carolina’s electric cooperatives are committed to supporting our state’s youth, and we see this sponsorship as an opportunity to bring a little bit of the farm to those who may not otherwise be able to experience NC agriculture firsthand,” Rodriguez said. “If you’re at the State Fair this year, we encourage you to stop by and explore the exhibit!”

Teachers: Spark Innovation in Your Classroom

North Carolina’s electric cooperatives are proud to support the next generation of great minds through our Bright Ideas educational grant program. K–12 teachers throughout our community with ideas for creative classroom projects can learn more on our website.

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