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Barnyard Adventure Agriculture Education Area

BYA Garden Harvest Benefits the Food Pantry


Dateline - Walworth County Fair Barnyard Adventure Gardens, Elkhorn, Wisconsin

The gardening team from the Walworth County Fair's award-winning agriculture education area, Barnyard Adventure, is proud to be harvesting an array of vegetables since Labor Day and donating them to the local food pantry.

Barnyard Adventure Garden vegetables harvested and donated include:
  • Onions
  • Peppers (Hot and Bell)
  • Tomatoes
  • Squash
  • Carrots
  • Potatoes
  • Zucchini
  • Cucumbers
  • Collards
  • Eggplant
  • Beets
  • Swiss Chard
  • Broccoli
  • Leeks
Since 2000, Barnyard Adventure's mission is to share the many facets of agriculture in fun and interesting ways during the annual Walworth County Fair. Along with the "Buzzing through Barnyard" tour featuring farming learning stations, the program includes the Learning Coop, Butterfly Barn, rainwater recycling patio, Grain Bin Learning Center, along with traditional and non-traditional gardening displays that include vegetables, herbs, flowers, and crops. The Barnyard Adventure team of volunteers work year 'round, fundraising and organizing the Barnyard Adventure experience.

Here we grow! We welcome you to join us! Contact for more information on volunteering or donating. We appreciate your support!

2020 Largest Sunflower - Shown by Michael Mroch


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Seeing is BEE-lieving! With the cancellation of the physical 2020 Walworth County Fair, the Barnyard Adventure Agriculture team switched gears and beelined it to the airwaves in presenting a virtual Barnyard Adventure tour. The opportunity to showcase the gardens in full glory and outreaching ag-citing info helped make lemon shakeups out of lemons. The award-winning Barnyard Adventure Agriculture Education area at the Walworth County Fair is where children of all ages immerse into the many aspects of farming.

Check out the virtual fun here:

SAVE THE DATE for the 2021 Walworth County Fair, September 1-6, where ...

The NEW "Buzzing through Barnyard" touchless tour for all Fair guests emphasizes the diversity of agriculture with numerous learning stations; including Dairy, Beef, Swine, Sheep, Goats, Poultry, Butterflies, Bees, and more!

Features in Barnyard Adventure that you want to "bee" sure to see are:
  • Flourishing gardens, featuring a bumper crop of vegetables, herbs, and flowers, including beautiful pollinators for our bees and butterflies. Displays include traditional and non-traditional gardening techniques.
  • The Butterfly Barn is an observation building designed by local high school students that includes Monarch butterflies on display, as well as butterfly lifecycle education.
  • The Learning Coop has grown in popularity for its diverse topics that cover agriculture and home-based interests; including cooking, beekeeping, horticulture, old-world crafts, and so much more! A do-not-miss opportunity for all Fair guests!
  • Buzz the Bee will showcase the many stops on the "Buzzing through Barnyard" tour. Agriculture is un-bee-lievably interesting and exciting!
THANK YOU to our donors and supporters! The Barnyard Adventure Agriculture Education area is free with your paid general fair guest admission and operates through the generosity of donations, grants, volunteers, and year-round fundraisers.

The Walworth County Fair Barnyard Adventure Agriculture Education area has won numerous awards from the International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE), the umbrella fair organization of all fairs around the globe, including the "Best Agricultural Event" and “Best of Division,” competing against fairs in the nation and worldwide.

The friendly team of volunteers in Barnyard Adventure are "ag-cited" to welcome you! "Bee" sure to visit while enjoying the Great Walworth County Fair!

Learning Coop Tent

This is a great educational tent for all ages, recognized as an award winner by the International Association of Fairs & Expositions. A wide variety of topics are led by the area's finest experts in agriculture, farm-to-table cooking, gardening, beekeeping, crafts and much more. All fair guests are welcome to participate and enjoy. Be sure to check out what classes are featured throughout each day of the six-day Walworth County Fair!

Butterfly Barn

The Butterfly Barn is enchanting. The butterfly habitat is filled with all the foods butterflies love: amaranth, butterfly bush, goldenrod and more.

The Butterfly Barn was designed by local high school students and built for indoor plants and about 250 butterflies. The Mroch family carefully nurtures and tends to the butterfly flock. View these living works of art any day during Fair week.

Just outside the Butterfly Barn is the rainwater recycling patio, made with permeable pavers. You will notice on the bricks surrounding the patio the names of the generous donors and supporters that helped bring this special patio dream a reality. The permeable paver bricks allow rainwater to run through them. Beneath the patio is a reservoir to collect rainwater from the ground and gutters of the barn. Reservoir water is pumped to the plants that support the butterflies and to a stream that flows through raised gardens. By keeping it moving, the water will remain fresh and aerated.

The Garden

Get ready to "bee" marveled! The bountiful Barnyard Adventure Garden is home to over 20 different identified vegetables, herbs, crops, and flowers.

Observe the variety of garden displays, showcasing traditional, container, hydroponic, and aeroponic gardening techniques. Be sure to check out which of these gardening features can easily be implemented at your home base.

Planting our agriculture future, one seed at a time!

The Grain Bin Learning Center

Seeing is bee-lieving! Enjoy visiting the Grain Bin Learning Center, where all fair guests are welcome to explore the many outdoor "Growing to Learn" raised crop beds filled with ready to harvest grains aplenty. Also visit a pollinator garden and swing through the inside of a REAL grain bin, featuring learning stations for a variety of grains grown in Wisconsin. Kernels of fun for everyone!

WCF Barnyard Adventure Awards & Recognition

We are tremendously proud and grateful for the contributions of time, financial support, labor, materials and positive efforts from ALL of our volunteers and donors. Because of YOU, the Walworth County Fair Barnyard Adventure Agriculture Education area has achieved:

International Association of Fairs & Expositions (IAFE):

  • Overall ag program – “From Seed to Supper”
  • Specific ag educational exhibit – “Butterfly Exhibit”
  • Non-fair ag program – “Come Grow with Us”

International Association of Fairs & Expositions (IAFE):

  • Green Program – Composting Display – 2nd Place
  • Non-Fair Ag Program – Biopots – 2nd Place
  • Fair & Fair Sponsor Joint Exhibit – Roly the Composting Pig, partnering with Compost Management, Delavan – 3rd Place
  • Photo Series – The Building of the Butterfly Barn – 1st Place


Wisconsin Association of Fairs:
  • VIP Award – Superintendent George Mroch
  • Janesville Gazette – People Who Matter – George Mroch
International Association of Fairs & Expositions (IAFE):
  • Cream Puff Eating Contest – 2nd Place
  • Photo Series - Green Patio, Rainwater Recycling System Installation – 2nd Place
  • Barnyard Garden Improvements – 2nd Place
  • Green Patio/Rainwater Recycling Project – 1st Place
  • Fair & Fair Sponsor Joint Exhibit – Sorg’s with Sorgy and Wilson Farm Meats with Sir Oinks
  • A Lot Meat Cut Identification Displays – 3rd Place
  • Best Overall of Division 2 Silver Bowl Trophy

International Association of Fairs & Expositions (IAFE):

  • Ag in the Classroom – with Walworth Co. Farm Bureau
  • Soybean Educational Program
  • From Seed to Supper Educational Signage
  • Combine Simulator/GPS Educational Trailer – with WI Corn Promotion Board
  • Scarecrow Building Contest

International Association of Fairs & Expositions (IAFE):

  • Thank A Farmer Sign-In Boards Program – 2nd Place
  • “From Seed to Supper Tour” Educational Materials to Fair Guests –
  • Partnership with American Family Insurance – 3rd Place
  • Photo Sequence of Meat Identification Displays – 1st Place
  • Veggie Races – Create It on the Spot Contest – 1st Place

International Association of Fairs & Expositions (IAFE):

  • Barnyard Adventure – Ag Education Program Workshop Presenter
  • Goat Educational Display – Partnership with Loudenbeck Farms Dairy Goats, LLC
  • Barnyard Bargain Bonanza Indoor Flea Market
  • Alternative Gardening Methods
  • Sweet Corn Eating Contest
  • Grade School Container Gardening Photo

International Association of Fairs & Expositions (IAFE):

  • Hydroponics & Aeroponics Gardening
  • From Seed to Supper Tour Granary Learning Station – with WI Soybean Marketing Board
  • Kids Tractor Pulls
International Association of Fairs & Expositions (IAFE):
  • Barnyard Adventure Garden / Open Class Horticulture Scarecrow
  • Milk Chugging Contest
International Association of Fairs & Expositions (IAFE):
  • Learning Coop Beekeeping Demonstration - 2nd Place
  • Learning Coop Paper Flowers - Laura Zaraza - Stampin' It Up - 3rd Place
  • Barnyard Adventure Stage - Bubblegum Blowing Contest - 2nd Place
  • Learning Coop - Increase Awareness of Competitive Exhibits - 1st Place

International Assocation of Fairs & Expositions (IAFE):

  • Learning Coop – Presentation Monitor – 3rd Place
  • Barnyard Garden Identification Signage – 3rd Place
  • Barnyard Garden – King Kong Sunflower Display – 1st Place
  • Barnyard Adventure Contest – Apple Pie Eating Contest – 3rd Place
  • Barnyard Adventure – Pesche’s Greenhouse Fairy Garden Display & Demonstration – 3rd Place

Wisconsin Association of Fairs:

  • VIP Award – Mrs. Peggy Fraser, Office Manager, Barnyard Adventure Team Volunteer
  • Outstanding Fair Person – Fair Board Director Eileen Walsh Grzenia, Barnyard Adventure Team Volunteer
International Association of Fairs & Expositions (IAFE):
  • Grain Bin Learning Center - Newly established exhibit to promote agriculture to fair guests - 2nd Place
  • Growing to Learn Raised Grain Beds Exhibit - Exhibit designed to educate fair guests - 3rd Place
  • Diaper Derby and Toddler Trot - Participatory Contest - 3rd Place
  • All-Natural Infused Honey Contest - Special Contest - 2nd Place

Acres of Thanks to:

Kunes Country Auto Group
Robertson Ryan & Associates
Casey's General Store
Mercy Health System
Dean Foods
Gallagher Tent & Awning
Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board
Walworth County Farm Bureau
Walworth County Dairy Promotions
Wisconsin Corn Promotion Board
Stinebrink's Piggly Wiggly
Franks Piggly Wiggly
Citizens Bank
Kwik Trip
Pesche's Greenhouse
Simons Feed & Seed
Dairy Queen
Frito Lay
Geneva Lake Women's Association
White-Reinhardt Fund for Education Grant
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