EVANSTON — The Uinta County Conservation District hosted their bi-annual Ag Expo and Safety Day on last week on Wednesday, May 19, at the Uinta County Fair Grounds.
According to UCCD District Manager Kerri Sabey, 600 third and fourth grade students from Evanston and Lyman elementary schools attended the expo from 9:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. Approximately 100 volunteers provided classes in a variety of agriculture and safety topics. Sabey said the Conservation District provided lunch for the volunteer teachers and the children brought their bag lunches.
“The students were given a Conservation T-shirt to wear today. The students were broken down into small groups to attend the 30 different classes, which are rotated every 15 minutes. Each volunteer teaches 15 groups throughout the day,” Sabey said.
The 30 teaching stations were spread across the rodeo grounds, the fairgrounds and in the fair buildings. Students experienced a day in the life of those who work in agriculture, conservation, gardening, ranching, cowboy attire, roping, and all details involved in raising and caring for large and small animals including marketing and hauling in cattle trailers. Other topics included firearm safety, electrical safety, farm equipment safety, welding, bee keeping, identifying weeds and tree conservation. The teachers come from a variety of backgrounds such as ranchers, agency personnel, community leaders, local gardeners and FFA high school students and advisors.
Blace Martin and Quent Ricketts from Bridger Valley Electric kept the students’ rapt attention while demonstrating the need for safety around power lines. They used a model of two power lines with lights and a power terminal. They discussed the need to stay away from trees when flying a kite, the importance of trim trees away from power lines and to stay completely away from downed power lines. They used their model to demonstrate the many ways a power line can be dangerous.
"We do the Expo every other year so we always get brand new students. It has been very successful and an opportunity for kids to really learn first-hand from the experts in the field of conservation and agriculture,” Sabey said.