TTU agriculture students to host Fall Festival Saturday

thumb Caleb_Barber_Andrea_RoobAgritourism students at Tennessee Tech University are gathering pumpkins and getting ready for their first Fall Festival Saturday.

The free festival, hosted by students from the TTU School of Agriculture, will feature a sorghum syrup making demonstration, a pumpkin patch and pumpkin giveaway for children, and sales of food, TTU honey and other Tech farm products.

From face painting to pumpkin slingshots, there will be plenty of family- and farm-oriented games and activities. The event is Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the picnic shelter of Hyder Burks Agricultural Pavilion, 2390 Gainesboro Grade.

TTU was the first in the state to offer a degree concentration in agritourism, with courses emphasizing food preservation, economics of agritourism and farm management. Students develop an understanding of market trends, learn the operational demands of a working farm and see how tourism can enhance the revenue opportunities of such farms. 

thumb photo_op_stationStacy Tomas, assistant professor of agritourism, and Jim Baier, assistant professor of agricultural engineering, secured support for the fall festival from TTU’s Quality Enhancement Plan, which enables faculty to offer creative learning opportunities.