From furry and feathered critters to the fruits of our forests, from fabulous fabrics to facts about food, West Virginia University will have something fun and fascinating for all ages at Family Day at the Farm Saturday, Oct. 6.

The event, part of WVU’s celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Land-Grant Act, highlights the university’s multifaceted mission through hands-on activities and educational displays at the Animal Sciences Farm on Stewartstown Road. WVU, the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, and the WVU Extension Service will host Family Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The event will feature a wide range of activities and exhibits covering everything from the science of popcorn and the skills of service dogs, to sheep shearing demonstrations and examples of West Virginia’s natural history. Organizers have arranged plenty of activities for kids of all ages, from insect origami to a visit from Choosy, mascot of the Choose to Change program.

Tasty, healthy snacks will be served throughout the event, and the Falling Run Bluegrass Band will perform.

All students, parents, faculty, staff, and members of the Morgantown community and beyond are welcome to attend. For more information, visit: http://familydayatthefarm.wvu.edu/registration. Persons with disabilities may request accommodations through the Office of Disability Services at 304-293-6700.

“We’re thrilled to host this event, mostly because it’s a lot of fun, but also because it really lets us show the community the work that we do and the things that matter to us,” said Daniel J. Robison, dean of the Davis College.

“Our farms are vital settings for teaching and serve as living laboratories for essential research, while also hosting outreach activities, from training for industry professionals to tours for thousands of area schoolchildren,” Robison continued. “The Animal Sciences Farm is a perfect setting for a celebration of WVU’s land-grant mission, since it represents every part of it.”

“Every day, in every West Virginia county, WVU Extension works to connect the knowledge and research of the University with communities and people of our state,” said Steve Bonanno, interim director of the WVU Extension Service. “Focusing on youth, family, farms, health and community is our mission and our passion, and we’re pleased be part of this fun and educational day in Morgantown.”

WVU’s land-grant celebration events on campus will run until 2013.
Farm Credit of the Virginias and the West Virginia Veterinary Medical Association have generously underwritten this event.

Farm Credit of the Virginias provides over a billion dollars in financing to more than 9,000 farmers, agribusinesses, and rural homeowners in 96 counties in Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland. Farm Credit makes loans for home purchase and construction, land and farm purchases, equipment, farming expenses, and horse and livestock purchases. Other financial services available through Farm Credit are credit life insurance, crop insurance, and equipment leasing programs.

While limited parking is available at the Animal Sciences Farm, attendees are encouraged to take advantage of free, regular shuttle service from Area 81 located near the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center and Mountaineer Station across the street from Applebee’s on Van Voorhis Road. For more information on transportation, parking, and to register, please visit the Family Day at the Farm site at http://familydayatthefarm.wvu.edu.

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