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Barnyard Adventure Agriculture Education Area

VOLUNTEERS WANTED!

VOLUNTEER HELP WANTED during the 172nd Walworth County Fair, September 1-6, 2021.

Barnyard Adventure is all about education ... from gardens to butterflies to agriculture learning stations and more!

Can you help the Walworth County Fair as a volunteer? We would love to have you - no experience required.

THANK YOU for your care and consideration. The Barnyard Adventure area is organized by a team of volunteers who are committed to sharing agriculture education in fun and interesting ways. We appreciate your support.

INTERESTED? Click the PDF 2021 BYA Volunteer Information Packet found below.

2021 BYA Volunteer Information Packet

SINCERE THANKS ...

JOIN US IN THANKING George and Connie Mroch for their years of dedicated service to the Walworth County Fair and the Barnyard Adventure Agriculture Education program. There will be a special "Thank You" poster in the 2021 Walworth County Fair Barnyard Adventure tent available for Fair guests to sign as a way to extend gratitude to George and Connie on their "fair"well.

"May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day.
May songbirds serenade you every step along the way.
May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that’s always blue.
And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through." -- Irish Blessing

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

The NEW "Buzzing through Barnyard" tour for all Fair guests emphasizes the diversity of agriculture with numerous learning stations; including Dairy, Beef, Swine, Sheep, Goats, Poultry, Butterflies, Bugs, Bees, Worms, 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. View the Pollinator Garden, specially created in honor of Pollinator Week (June 21-27) by the Walworth County Beekeepers Club!
  • The Barnyard Adventure Barn is an observation building designed by local high school students.
  • Due to the threat placed on the Monarch Butterfly species, the Walworth County Fair is sensitive to butterfly care. An outdoor butterfly observation tent will be available in the Barnyard Adventure Garden with a daily butterfly release scheduled.
  • 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!
  • Buzzy 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!

Barnyard Adventure Barn

NEW in 2021, Butterflies, Bugs, Bees & Worms are showcased in the Barnyard Adventure Barn. Formerly the Butterfly Barn, we welcome you to a safe and friendly environment while learning more about nature's star pollinators.

The Barn was designed by local high school students and built for butterflies, bugs, bees, and worms. Learn what's new in the barn in 2021, as well as meeting experts, outstanding in their fields.

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:

2009:
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”

2010:
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

2011:

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

2012:
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

2013:
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

2014:
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

2015:
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
2016:
International Association of Fairs & Expositions (IAFE):
  • Barnyard Adventure Garden / Open Class Horticulture Scarecrow
  • Milk Chugging Contest
2017
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

2018:
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

2019:
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
2020:
International Association of Fairs & Expositions (IAFE):
  • Virtual - Any Other Agriculture Program - Buzzing through Barnyard Virtually - 2nd Place
  • Certified Volunteer Fair Manager Designation - Fair Board Director Eileen Walsh Grzenia, Barnyard Adventure Team Volunteer

Acres of Thanks to:

BirdsEye
Walworth County Farm Bureau
Casey's General Store
Stinebrink's Piggly Wiggly
Mercy Health System
Dean Foods
Robertson Ryan & Associates
Gallagher Tent & Awning
Walworth County Dairy Promotions
Franks Piggly Wiggly
Citizens Bank
Kwik Trip
We Energies Foundation
Pesche's Greenhouse
Simons Feed & Seed
Dairy Queen
Frito Lay
Alliant Energy
Geneva Lake Women's Association
White-Reinhardt Fund for Education Grant
ALCIVIA
Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board
Burlington Area Garden Club
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