Day on the Farm returns Saturday

Barney Stephens (left) lends a hand with a hayride in 2018 at the annual Day on the Farm at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds. — Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian File

A taste of early day farm life

WATSONVILLE — The Agricultural History Project will feature its annual Day on Farm Saturday at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds.

John Kegebein, CEO of the AHP, said the family-centered event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., will include antique farm equipment, draft horses, crafts and fun that give visitors a window into early life on the farm.

A top draw will be hayrides that will wheel guests to the fairground’s Model Railroad exhibit and to the Monterey Bay Society’s rose garden, which is in full bloom right now. Also, the AHP’s drive-a-tractor will come out of the barn to allow kids, with a docent and an adult accompaniment, to drive a real tractor through a slalom course with their hands on the steering wheel.

Special this year will be the 4H Club’s annual fair, which is deigned to promote the 4H with demonstrations, a dress review to showcase clothing made by the 4H sewing class, a bake sale and a few animals.

Sheep and a dairy cow will also make a presence.

If your appetite starts to get the best of you at the event, there will also be a baked potato bar “with all your favorite toppings,” Kegebein said.

“All the buildings and exhibits will be open. The event is free and it’s always a great time for everyone,” Kegebein said.

Count on plenty of parking and gobs of fun for kids.


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