Hands-on activities featured at Florence County Fair

Gardening activities will be offered Aug. 24-26 at the Florence County Fair.

FLORENCE, Wis. — One of the important jobs of the Florence County Fair is to promote the agricultural and natural resources of the county.

An area offering hands-on activities for students was launched in 2014 and will be expanded for this year’s fair.

Fairgoers can learn where their food comes from, some of the products and materials we get out of trees and what tractors are used for.

There will be small tractors available for play. Participants will also have a chance to harvest vegetables from a garden and pick apples form a tree.

Other activities promote the importance of the timber industry. Children can decorate Christmas trees, chop firewood and build log homes out of wood.

The tractor lot, and timber industry activities will be available throughout the entire fair. The hands-on gardening activities will be available from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24; noon to 6 p.m. Aug. 25; and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 26.

The entire area is made possible though donations. There is no charge for any of the activities.

Admission to the fair for all three days is $5 for ages 13 and older. Children 12 and under are free.

The Florence County Fair Park is on County Road N just south of U.S. 2 in Florence. Other activities and entertainment planned include a mud bog, speed horse show, draft horse pull, classic car and motorcycle show, inflatable rides, garden tractor pull, and music including Next Myle and The Cadillacs.

A complete schedule can be found at www.florencecountyfair.com.