Sitting in the petting zoo last Saturday watching the kids and adults holding
the chicks and milking the cow, I thought a lot about the evolution
of the Benton County Farm Bureau Petting Zoo.
Benton County Farm Bureau has sponsored a free petting zoo
at the Benton County Fair since the 1990's.
Janice Shofner, our Women's Committee Chair at the time,
had the great idea of providing a petting zoo to educate kids and adults about
Benton County agriculture.
Our first zoo was in a tent under the big old tree at the
fairgrounds in downtown Bentonville.
Our current petting zoo at the Benton County Fair is under
a tall red-iron structure with plenty of room for chicks,
calves,pigs, a couple of cows
and a lot of kids!
I'm thankful for dedicated Farm Bureau members
that continue to see the value of the petting zoo in educating
kids and adults about agriculture.
Even our Benton County Fair Queen
loves the chicks!