Opinion: UT’s ‘AG Day’ was a spirited family event

Emily Haskew explored “Ag Day” on Saturday, Sept. 24 at UT’s Agriculture Campus.

The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture hosted its annual AG Day on Saturday Sept. 24 in the arena inside the Brehm Animal Science Building.

Inside was a welcoming atmosphere, with booths lining the arena floor, filled to the brim with people stopping to see what each booth had to offer.

Two booths to highlight were the Center for Renewable Carbon and the Entomology and Plant Pathology booths. The Center for Renewable Carbon was getting into the game day spirit by making orange cotton candy and rock candy. The Entomology and Plant Pathology booth had a wide range of reptiles, insects, and plants for everyone to look at and observe their uniqueness.

Kids left with smiling faces after visiting the petting zoo where they were able to pet and learn about different animals available to view from alpacas to baby chicks. However, the bouncy castles seemed to bring out the kids, with many of them shrieking with excitement and joy as they jumped and played.

“AG Day is such a great opportunity for people to come out an enjoy the day learning about agriculture. The hands on interaction with the animals was a great way for the kids to experience how beneficial agriculture is to our everyday life,” AG Day volunteer, Amber Gentry, said. “The adults were able to collaborate with industry professionals and see what all UTIA has to offer,”

From the booths to the bouncy houses, UTIA’s AG Day was truly a family affair, and is something to check out next year if you missed out on it this year.

Featured image by Emily Haskew

Edited by Kaitlin Flippo