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Agriculture and Water Festival returns

Huron Perth Agriculture and Water Festival returns to Seaforth in 2018 with plans to educate more than 500 students    

The Huron Perth Agriculture and Water Festival – where you will find a mix of water, agriculture, and hundreds of local students – is returning to Seaforth in 2018.   

More than 500 students will visit the Huron Perth Agriculture and Water Festival (HPAWF) on April 10-11, 2018 to learn about water and agriculture from local professionals through engaging and hands-on activities. 

Thirteen schools and 24 classes, from across Huron and Perth Counties, will tour farm exhibits at the Seaforth Agri-Plex and water activities at the Seaforth and District Community Centre and Arena.   

Planning for this event begins in September with the start of a new school year. All schools within Huron County and Perth County receive invitations, in October, to participate in this event. 

The HPAWF is organized and delivered by a committee of more than 50 volunteers representing a number of community organizations that recognize the importance of agriculture, water, and the environment to Huron and Perth Counties. Secondary school volunteers from Central Huron Secondary School will help educate and guide the students around the festival. 

Throughout the day, Grade 4 students will visit both the Seaforth Arena and the Seaforth Agri-Plex. Students get an opportunity to interact with local professionals who work in career fields related to agriculture and water. 

The Agri-Plex features: cow milking demonstrations, beef cattle, farm safety tips, pork production (including a specially made pig mobile showing live pigs at different ages), chicken and poultry, egg production, and grains. 

Water activities are set up in the Seaforth and District Arena. Students move from activity to activity, to learn about the importance of conservation and protection of water resources. “Having participated in the festival for a number of years now, I have seen students come away with a real awareness of the importance of water and of our local farming communities,” said Agnes Denham, committee member. 

In order to ensure this event is admission free, fundraising is necessary. As a result of fundraising, each school also receives a busing subsidy which reimburses the school for the cost of transportation, reducing the cost down to $50 per bus. This year’s annual budget for the HPAWF is $14,500. Support comes entirely from local agriculture, water, and community-minded organizations.  Funding received from generous sponsors in 2017 and 2018 has enabled the festival to continue to educate hundreds of students for another year. Many of the sponsors make annual donations to the festival. “We appreciate all the donations, big or small, that our local community organizations and groups make to our annual festival,” said Johanna Hayes, Festival Coordinator. “Without their financial support, this education event for local students would not be possible. We thank all our present and past supporters.” 

For more information about the festival and a list of the festival’s current and past sponsors, visit: hpawf.huronstewardship.ca

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please email huronperthfestival@gmail.com. 

 
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