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AGtropolis at Oklahoma fair draws young, young at heart

Fairgoers get firsthand lessons on farm life at the City of AGtropolis exhibit at the Oklahoma State Fair.
by Carla Hinton Published: September 15, 2012

Children petted fuzzy chicks, watched honey ooze from a bee hive and shopped at a make-believe farmer's market in a “city” in the middle of the Oklahoma State Fair on Friday.

The City of AGtropolis, an interactive exhibit in the Oklahoma Expo Hall, drew both the young and young at heart for firsthand experiences of farm life.

Sheena Dobbs, of Cordell, smiled as she watched her three children peer at baby chicks in one area of the exhibit.

When FFA volunteer Kriston Niblack, 16, of Luther, offered to let Carter Dobbs touch a tiny chick, the 4-year-old's eyes grew wide with wonder as his mother looked on.

“My kids love this,” Sheena Dobbs said.

“They're so cute and fluffy,” she said of the baby animals.

Live animals such as the chicks seemed to be a huge part of the AGtropolis attraction, along with the Honey Bee Haven bee exhibit, adult chickens and roosters in the “Egg Plant,” a Butterfly Birthing Center and a make-believe farmer's market. The exhibit was manned by helpful FFA volunteers like Niblack who said they enjoy bringing farm-related experiences to city slickers.

Amanda Wallace and her daughter, Leila, 5, of Shawnee, watched a honey extraction demonstration with interest Friday.

When Rick Schantz with the Central Oklahoma Beekeepers Association gave fairgoers an opportunity to taste the honey from his bees, the mother-daughter duo didn't hesitate to catch some of the sweet substance on their fingers as it drizzled from a spout.

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by Carla Hinton
Religion Editor
Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide...
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The Central Oklahoma Beekeepers Association will present a honey excavation demonstration at 2 p.m. Saturday.

OSU's Insect Adventure, featuring hands-on experiences with insects, will be presented from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Goat milk soap making demonstration will be presented from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

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