Ag days

This file photo is from Ag Days in 2018.

LOGAN — A celebrated annual occasion returns to the Hocking County Fairgrounds, 150 N. Homer Avenue, this weekend to celebrate Hocking County’s agricultural heritage.

From 9 a.m.–5 p.m. on Saturday, May 14 and from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. on Sunday, May 15, presented by the Hocking County Farm Bureau, the 13th annual free Hocking County Ag Days will feature food, activities for kids, a cruise-in and more.

Ag Days began 14 years ago and took one year off because of the coronavirus pandemic, said Hocking County Farm Bureau Chair of Communications and Ag Days organizer Betty Shaw. The event initially began to teach people “where their food comes from,” she explained.

“We started out fairly small the first year, (and) it just (kept growing every year),” she said, adding that this coming Ag Days even exceeds last year’s.

Shaw explained that one of the more unique and accessible features of Ag Days is that it is free.

“Families can bring their children in and spend the whole day there and not have to pay a gate fee,” she said. “People don’t have to pay to set up. It’s just a totally free event that we put on and that means a lot, to see families come in.”

This year’s Ag Days will also serve as a canned food drive; donations of nonperishable food for local food pantries will be accepted at barrels located in the fairgrounds art hall. Also in the art hall will be 38 craft vendors, along with face painting provided by the Hocking Hills Children’s Museum.

Additionally, in the spirit of charity, proceeds from this year’s Ag Days’ tractor drive benefit will go to the Alzheimer’s Association. “Every year we have a different organization,” Shaw said. Last year’s drive benefited the American Diabetes Association. The tractor drive will go through town, Shaw added.

Though not listed in the schedule, a flea market will be ongoing throughout the event. Anyone is welcome to come and set up, Shaw said. Also available at Ag Days will be several food trucks, providing items such as fish, French fries, bourbon chicken, polish sausage, kettle corn and more.

Ag Days schedule: Saturday, May 14

  • 8-11 a.m. Pancake breakfast, served by the Junior Leadership Club
  • 9 a.m. Flag raising/opening ceremony by Scouts
  • 9 a.m. Beef clinic, Hubbard Building
  • 9:30 a.m. Honoring physicians, health care workers at the flagpole area
  • 10 a.m. Tractor ride benefit
  • 10 a.m. to noon, Hocking Soil and Water Conservation District equipment Q&A by Scott Mong
  • 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Scouts demonstration (lashing, first air and cooking)
  • Noon, poultry clinic, Hubbard Building
  • 1 p.m. Kids farm equipment safety program; Hocking SWCD will have a pollinator display for kids where they can make a wildflower seed bomb to take home
  • 1:30 p.m. Hocking Valley Bluegrass Boys Band
  • 2 p.m. Rabbit clinic, Hubbard Building
  • 2 p.m. Kiddie pedal tractor pull
  • 2:30 p.m. Sheep shearing, by cattle barn
  • 3 p.m. Saw dust coin find
  • 3:30 p.m. Skillet and wrench throw
  • 4 p.m. Antique tractor parade
  • 5 p.m. Flag lowering

Sunday, May 15

  • 9 a.m. Flag raising
  • 10 a.m. Church service by Iris Conrad in the Hocking SWCD conference room
  • 10 a.m. Sheep clinic, Hubbard Building
  • 11 a.m. Gospel music by Trinity Trio
  • 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Scout demonstrations (lashing, first aid and cooking)
  • 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Ag Days Cruise-In by Shelter House (DJ Thom Williams, of WSEO 107.7/WAIS 103)
  • Noon, Swine clinic, Hubbard Building
  • 1:30 p.m. Hocking Valley Bluegrass Boys Band
  • 1:30 p.m. Sawdust coin find
  • 2 p.m. Goat clinic, Hubbard Building
  • 3 p.m. Antique tractor parade
  • 3:30 p.m. Lumber auction of saw mill logs (cherry, oak, walnut and popular lumber)
  • 4 p.m. Flag lowering

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