The table also featured two different kinds of popcorn, one that was cooked with olive oil and another in a canola oil with far less fats.
Sernya said about 60 percent of participants favored the taste of the healthier popcorn.
“We typically see that,” he continued, adding that their recent visit to the Indiana State Fair saw a 70 to 80 percent favor rating for the healthier popcorn.
Jerry McQuiston and Deb Ploss of First Farmers Bank & Trust offered a game in the spirit of Plinko at their table. Participants would drop a ball down the board that would land within a question category having to do with agriculture or financing. Together, the two dispensed trivia — for example, there are 24 million farmers in the country, or dairy cows produce up to 7 gallons of milk a day.
McQuiston said their participation in the event was to contribute toward the theme of the day.
“A lot of people in town don’t get the chance to get out and farm,” McQuiston said. “The biggest thing is to give everyone an understanding of agriculture. It’s not just somebody out there with pigs and cows.”
Mitchell Kirk is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. He can be reached at 574-732-5130 or firstname.lastname@example.org.