“What other things does milk make?” Taylor asked the children, receiving enthusiastic replies that included cheese, butter, yogurt and others. As each product was called out, she handed a laminated decal of the corresponding product.
It was a smooth transition into the next part of the event, which included yet another dairy product — milkshakes — which were blended there for the children.
Taylor emphasized the importance of getting enough dairy products as they contain calcium, which is necessary for the maintenance of healthy bones and teeth. She added some dairy products, like the milkshakes the children enjoyed, should be reserved as a special treat every once in a while.
Taylor then gave all of the children a coloring book with pictures of cows, which they took to with the boxes of crayons on the picnic tables. Before handing out the booklets, she read the story in them that outlined how cows produce milk and how it is turned into all of the products they see at grocery stores.
Most of the attendees were elementary school-aged children from Kidz Connection, a daycare service at Church of the Brethren in Logansport. Kristi Stetz and Carrie Ulery, both summer teachers with the program, supervised the children throughout the event.
Stetz said she and Ulery are always looking out for activities for the children to participate in throughout the summer.
“We got an agenda for the fair and thought this was perfect,” she said.
Stetz went on to say the youngsters play tee ball Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, leaving Tuesday a perfect opportunity to visit the fair.
“We try to do all kinds of stuff with them to keep them busy,” she said.
Stetz agreed that the event provided a good base of agricultural knowledge for the children, delivered in a way they could understand, so that they understood more about the fair as they visited all of the animal exhibits throughout the week.