Olmsted County Fair



Daily topics plus kids activities are:

*  Wednesday, July 24: Go Get Your Hands Dirty! How soil can make or break your garden. Info on soil testing, samples of different types of soil, info on composting etc. Kids get to create their own mini compost bin and/or fill egg cartons with soil to grow beans. For free!

*  Thursday, July 25: Tomatoes! How to keep plants healthy and what to do with a Big Bounty: Info on growing tomatoes, choosing types, diseases etc. We will have recipe ideas for people who have an abundance of tomatoes. Info on canning. Plus kids do a free fun tomato craft and/or plant bean seeds in egg cartons.

* Thursday, July 25: from 3 PM to 5 PM .on the free stage ….. The Tom and Kelly Show!!!   Enjoy Tom and Kelly’s educational gardening  games and fun on the Free Stage. Now in their fourth season of shows on FaceBook and YouTube. As University of Minnesota Extension Olmsted County Master Gardener Volunteers they enjoy being silly with their educational outreach about our local projects and topics covering Master Gardener Priorities of Horticulture Skills, Local Food, Climate Responsiveness, Nearby Nature, Clean Water, Pollinator Health and Plant Biodiversity. This year we ask “Where are we Going?”

*  Friday, July 26: Put Garden Pests in their Place! Info on how to identify and manage various garden pests. We will have examples of pests and the damage they can cause. Kids make free crafts – bird feeders with peanut butter and bird seed.

*  Saturday, July 27: Regenerative Gardening. How Your Garden Can Make a Difference. Info on how what and how you plant can improve the quality of the land and water around you. Plus info on what regenerative agriculture is in the big picture. Kids get to make free crafts – bird feeders and yarn stick people.

*  Sunday, July 28: Pollinator Power! Info on the importance of pollinators and how to create a pollinator-friendly yard/garden. Kids get to make any of the free projects we still have from earlier in the week.


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