Agriculture students host fall festival Saturday

AgFallFestFarm animals, pumpkins, food and arts and crafts will be on display next to antique trucks and tractors this weekend at Tennessee Tech University’s Hyder Burks Agricultural Pavilion.

This year, TTU agriculture students and faculty are teaming up with the Middle Tennessee Antique Engine and Tractor Association to host a fall festival. This is the second year for the festival, but the first time for agritourism students to partner with the association.

“It’s a great event for the community to learn about agriculture and for the students to learn about event planning and outreach,” said Stacy Tomas, TTU assistant professor of agritourism. “It was successful last year and the students really enjoyed orchestrating it. This year, we are having fun planning and preparing all the activities. We hope to do this every year."

Tomas’ agritourism class of 24 students as well as other agriculture students and faculty will staff the events, including potato digging, sorghum syrup making, educational demonstrations, children's arts and crafts activities, and a pool full of corn kernels for children to play in like a sand box.

The festival is free and open to the public. It will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28. The pavilion is at 2390 Gainsboro Grade.

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