The Iowa State Fair has officially come to a close… we’ve had our fill of corn dogs, funnel cakes, pork chops on a stick, and presidential hopefuls for the year.
The Iowa Learning Farms/Water Rocks! team is proud to report that we went out with a BANG, teaching record numbers of fairgoers about all things conservation.
Our final count at the Conservation Station = 7,094 visitors over 11 days of the 2015 Iowa State Fair! That is nearly a 60% increase in numbers at the Conservation Station compared to the 2014 Iowa State Fair. As Nathan referenced in an earlier blog post, each of these visitors that gets counted includes an in-depth lesson/conversation about water and soil issues, whether it be at the Rain Machine (Rainfall Simulator) or Watershed Game (makin’ it rain = fun for all ages!)…
And the Poo Shuffle was utterly irresistible!
A great big thank you goes out to:
- Our funding partners (Iowa Learning Farms funders/Water Rocks! funders)
- Team members from ISU Ag Water Management research group, Iowa Department of Ag and Land Stewardship – Division of Soil Conservation & Water Quality, Iowa Rivers Revival, and Conservation Districts of Iowa for helping staff the Conservation Station – we couldn’t have done it without you!
- ILF farmer partners and families who stopped by the Conservation Station
- Iowa Farm Bureau Federation for hosting us in Farm Bureau Park
Want to bring the Conservation Station to an event near you? Submit your Conservation Station request today; requests are currently being accepted for fall events.