Youngsters enjoy annual Coffee County Farm-City Petting Zoo


Thursday, Sep 20,2012

Kindergarten and pre-school age children from all around Coffee County got a firsthand smell of the farm earlier this week when they attended the annual Farm-City Petting Zoo and Ag Exhibit held on the grounds of the Coffee County Farm Center in New Brockton. More than 1,000 participants visited the Petting Zoo on Tuesday, Sept. 18, and Wednesday, Sept. 19. The event is highly anticipated each year as youngsters get a chance to learn more about agriculture and “where their food comes from.”
According to Coffee County Farm-City Committee officials, the objective of this program is to promote a better understanding of sources for food and fiber and to provide an opportunity for children to experience hands-on contact with farm animals and plants, which provide food and fiber.
Livestock and agricultural exhibits included horticultural plants, vegetables, cotton, peanuts, cotton, hogs, horses and baby chicks. A highlight of the program this year was the Alabama Dairy Farmers Classroom. This exhibit allowed the children to get a better understanding of where milk comes from, as well as, its nutritional value. The youngsters got to see an actual demonstration of “how to milk a cow.”
As always, however, the youngsters seemed most excited to be able to pet animals such as dairy cows, horses, goats and sheep during the petting zoo. They also had an opportunity to hold baby chicks.
The Farm-City Petting Zoo and Ag Exhibit is one of several events sponsored each year by the Coffee County Farm-City Committee. The events all lead up to Farm City Week, which is celebrated each November.

Photo: Students from Elba Elementary School and Zion Chapel School are shown here with others from around the county at the Coffee County Farm-City Petting Zoo held earlier this week in New Brockton. An exciting part of this year’s event was the Alabama Dairy Farmers Classroom exhibit where the students got to see firsthand how to milk a cow!