Karol B. Osborne | 10/18/2016 8:24:58 PM
(10/18/16) SHREVEPORT, La. – AgMagic, the LSU AgCenter interactive exhibit about Louisiana agriculture, will open to the public Oct. 27 and run through Nov. 13 at the State Fair of Louisiana in Shreveport.
“The Ag Magic experience gives visitors hands-on interactive exhibits and activities that highlight different aspects of agriculture and commodities. We want people of all ages to recognize the importance of agriculture in their daily lives,” said Karen Martin, LSU AgCenter 4-H regional coordinator.
Visitors can enjoy eight interactive exhibits featuring educational and hands-on components highlighting different aspects of agriculture and commodities in Louisiana.
Each section will feature a safety focus and offer attractions to capture children’s attention and teach valuable life lessons, Martin said.
Youth will learn to identify a safe habit by participating in the safety maze as part of the Louisiana 4-H section. New this year is the Safety is in My Hand puzzle, and young visitors can take advantage of a firetruck photo opportunity, she said.
Visitors will see eggs hatch inside an incubator and get to hold the baby chicks at the animals exhibit. During scheduled school tours, students can pet small animals such as pigs, goats, rabbits and sheep at the Mini Farm.
A Walk in the Woods shows the abundance of natural resources found in Louisiana. People can identify trees and wildlife while taking a virtual walk through a mock forest. Visitors can make paw prints and learn about the native Louisiana wildlife, poisonous plants and bicycle safety.
Driving the combine is a popular feature at the crops station. Participants will learn about the major crops grown in Louisiana, such as corn, cotton and soybeans, and different ways they are used to make products.
A plantation setting in the horticulture exhibit offers visitors a chance to identify types of plants grown in home gardens. Youth can dig for crops and learn about tool and equipment safety during the school tour days.
Participants can view live mosquitoes in their habitat using magnifying lenses in A Bug’s World.
Keeping food safe and staying on track for good health is the focus of the Train your Brain to Stay on Track station. This area highlights nutrition and the importance of healthy eating.
School groups in grades three to six are scheduled to tour AgMagic Nov. 3, 4, 9 and 11 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. While most of the spaces for school tour groups are filled, AgMagic will be open to the public between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.
The State Fair of Louisiana offers free parking and gate admission for AgMagic each weekday until 3 p.m.