2004 Ag and Conservation Field Day

By Walt

Over 650 fifth grade students attended the Fifth Annual Ag and Conservation Field Day held at the University of Illinois Orr Ag Research Center/John Wood Community College Perry campus sponsored entirely by Two Rivers.

Present from The Club were O.R. Freesen, Alan Grady, Hayward Ball, Doug Maxheimer, Tim "T.J." Haeussler and Walt Gilbert.

There were a total of 25 hands-on sessions, ranging from foresty to bats and farm safety, for the students who came from 11 school districts in four counties. Though rains came at the conclusion of the event, ideal weather prevailed during the morning and early afternoon.

Quotes from Brad Smith, Resource Conservationist, Pike County Soil and Water Conservation District: "Without the support of the Two Rivers Jeep Club, we wouldn't be having this event today. The state funds for programs such as this have dried up and we were unable to secure grant funds for the program this year." According to Smith, the field day is to make students aware of where food comes from, and to instill good conservation practices. Smith said he and the schools are indebted to the Two Rivers Jeep Club for its valuable contribution which allowed the field day activities to take place.

Each class enjoyed having pictures taken on OR's yellow Jeep. Five Jeeps were on display during the event, and all were well explored by the students. Several teachers commented on the display and thanked club members for sponsoring the event.

Created: 23 May 2004