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Farming’s relevance in Tuesdays on the Town summer spotlight

Published: Tuesday, July 8, 2014 10:05 p.m. CDT
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(Monica Maschak – mmaschak@shawmedia.com)
Grayson Sullivan, 2, of Sycamore, learns to milk a cow at the Tuesdays on the Town event Tuesday in downtown Sycamore.
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(Monica Maschak – mmaschak@shawmedia.com)
Children dig through corn kernels to find little toy animals at the Tuesdays on the Town event Tuesday in downtown Sycamore.

SYCAMORE – Kara Poynter hopes locals take advantage of opportunities to learn more about agriculture.

"DeKalb County has a huge agricultural community," said Poynter, Sycamore Future Farmers of America adviser and teacher. "We hope we can teach them more about where their food comes from."

Sycamore Chamber of Commerce hosted A Night on the Farm Tuesday as part of its Tuesdays on the Town summer series in downtown Sycamore. Poynter said 20 of her high school students and FFA members were on hand to help with the event. They talked to children about agriculture and showed off some of their own animals, including chickens, sheep, pigs and a calf. Poynter said the event was a good opportunity for her students to work on their showmanship skills, even over the summer.

"FFA has had a strong tradition in Sycamore," Poynter said. "We've been here since 1929."

Rhodora Collins, agricultural literacy coordinator for the DeKalb County Farm Bureau, was on hand during the event to talk about how food gets from the farm to a plate.

"It's important for families to understand how important farming is in their lives, whether or not they work or live on a farm," Collins said. "We want to help people make those connections."

Sycamore FFA President Sam Sauber said he enjoyed being a part of the FFA's first Tuesdays on the Town event, and he looked forward to even more FFA opportunities, particularly conventions, when school starts again in the fall. Sauber brought two of his chickens for children to pet.

"It's just a lot of fun," Sauber said.

Tara Kraabel, of Sycamore, regularly brings her three children to Tuesdays on the Town events.

"It's good for the kids to learn about all different things," Kraabel said.

Nick Kraabel, 4, enjoyed climbing aboard a four wheeler, while Madelynne Kraabel, 7, enjoyed making a necklace. Abby Kraabel, 4, was interested in a lifesize plastic cow, which she got to milk.

"It was fun," Abby Kraabel said.

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The next Tuesdays on the Town event will be a family fitness and recreation night in downtown Sycamore from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. August 12.

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