There are numerous opportunities to continue to education children and families on the importance of local food. The success of the recent Farm2Fork Festival, farm tours and farmers’ markets as well as farm to school initiatives indicate that people are interested in what happens to their food. One place to visit that is continuing that farm to table education is the Babbie Rural and Farm Learning Museum in Peru.
According to Babbie Museum Secretary Carol Rock this weekend’s 4th annual Kids Fair and Festival is a fun educational way to keep families interested in the importance of rural farming traditions.
“We think it’s important for children to see how their grandparents and great grandparents may have lived,” says Rock. “It was a simpler time, not easier, but simpler. Everyone in the family had responsibilities, but there was also a lot of fun to be had.”
The September 6-7 festival will focus on plenty of traditional games such as sack races, hopscotch, horseshoes and croquet. There will also be face painting, pony rides and George Martin’s “Catch A Fish” tank in addition to the museum exhibits and activities.
“The traditional stage coach rides are always a big hit,” says Rock. “The stage coach came from the Frontier Town. We acquired it at an auction held at the Plattsburgh Air Force Base just before we opened about 4 ½ years ago.”
The permanent hands-on learning displays will be open as well the current collection of antique dolls. There is also a new working blacksmith’s forge open on weekends as well as kid-friendly activities that educate children about food. Children can collect eggs, shell dried corn or even milk a cow at the life-size “cow” exhibit. There is even a tractor ride that tours the farm fields. The farm has horses and donkeys year-round, but the new ducks and chickens seem to be more popular with the younger children.
Rock encourages families to join the fun. She says that is a great opportunity to explore all the extra steps that go into getting milk or eggs when purchased at a store. Now kids can see where their food came from and the old-fashioned tools that are still in use at some farms today. The 4th annual Kids Festival will be held September 6-7 from 10 am – 4 pm at Babbie Rural Farm & Learning Museum. General admission is $7, $4 for children (3-13) and free for anyone under the age of three.
Photo of the Babbie Rural Farm and Learning Museum used with the permission of Diane Chase, AdirondackFamilyTime.com