?Day on the Farm? back for 17th year

The 17th annual Day on the Farm will be from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.Saturday, Aug. 16, at the Duerksen and Knepp farm northeast of Goessel.

The WillowSpring Downs Derby will be back, featuring experienced jockeys from the last race, as well as newcomers. This stick horse race will probably be most appealing to children, but adult jockeys with an expertise in riding stick horses are welcome as well.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own stick horses; some additional ones will be available.

Day on the Farm is a perennial family activity. The ?riders up? bugle call for the Derby races will be at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. while other activities are continuous.

Children can milk a goat, make a rope, ride wagons, interact with a variety of farm animals, play in a pile of corn, and take home their own Agri-Urban brand on a piece of wood.

Day on the Farm usually draws around 500 people. Organizers say that family fun is a key objective, but the underlying goal is to build connections between rural and urban families, with a secondary benefit of helping children from towns and cities connect with the rural upbringing of many of their grandparents.

Lunch is served beginning at 11:30 a.m. with no charge, like all Day on the Farm activities. Participants are invited to donate to Mennonite Agri-Urban Inc., the event sponsor.

Agri-Urban began in 1972 to allow farmers and cattle feeders to donate labor, facilities and cattle feed or pasture, while urbanites gave money to buy animals and possibly some or all feed.

Profits from the sale of the cattle go to Western Dis?trict Conference, Mennonite Church USA and Bethel College. Some proceeds are reinvested in Agri-Urban.

The Duerksen and Knepp farm is located at 1582 Falcon, rural Hillsboro.

From Goessel, it is 3 miles north, 4 miles east and three-fourths mile north.

From Hillsboro, it is 4 miles south on Indigo, 3 west, and three-quarter mile north.

For more information, call 316-283-6300 or 620-386-0709.

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