FUTURE OF MANATEE AGRICULTURE ON DISPLAY AT THE COUNTY FAIR!

Posted by Martha Glenn, Ornamental Horticulture Agent6

Hundreds of our local youth are working hard this year on their entries for the Manatee County Fair in January.  They may be showing dogs, cows, rabbits, pigs, goats, chickens, and/or plants (just to name a few).  Nowhere is their dedication and enthusiasm more evident than at the FFA/4-H annual Plant Show and Auction.

Students between the ages of eight and eighteen choose plants to take care of and display for judging at fair time, hoping to win a ribbon and maybe a grand champion or showmanship award.  The participants will learn the responsibility of taking proper care of their plants, protecting them for the weather, and marketing them appropriately.  The project will end during the Manatee County Fair at the Plant Auction to be held on the evening of Saturday, January 14, 2017 after the swine sale.

Please come support these amazing students by viewing their entries in the Stewart Building (on the fairgrounds) and bidding on your favorites at the plant auction.

Please direct any questions you might have to Martha Glenn at mglenn7@ufl.edu or 941-722-4524.